Many have called it a “blob” or a “chunk of goo,” while others have gotten creative with names such as “dragon booger.” But the brain-like “blob” found in Vancouver’s Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park happened to be alive when it was spotted by a group of amateur nature buffs last month.
As related by the Vancouver Courier , the creatures found in the Lost Lagoon are called bryozoans, and the species carries the scientific name Pectinatella magnifica .
According to Kathleen Stormont, whose group, the Stanley Park Ecology Society, recorded the bryozoan sighting two weeks ago, their colonies are “kind of like three-day-old Jello,” with a firm but gelatinous texture.
The Vancouver Courier noted that the blob found by the Stanley Park Ecology Society was randomly spotted during one of the group’s “24-Hour Bio-Blitz” events, where members assist a team of expert in cataloging various species in the Lost Lagoon.
Stanley Park Ecology Society public education and outreach manager Celina Starnes explained that this is because bryozoans prefer areas where there is “little to no current” and high levels of nutrients.
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