• Norwegian: salper


Like the sea squirts, the salps are filter feeders. Unlike the sea squirts, the salps float around in the waters. They utilize jet propulsion to move around, pumping filtered water through their barrel shaped bodies. They have a complex life span, with a solitary as well as a colonial stage. Individuals may reproduce by asexual reproduction, budding new colonies or aggregates of clones. Many species form long, translucent, gelatinous chains. They can be found in most oceans, but may be extremely abundant in the Antarctica.