All aflutter over these pteropods! Also known as sea butterflies and sea angels, pteropods are open-ocean “wing-footed” sea snails and are key pieces of the oceanic food web. Local divers have been seeing two main types recently: Cliopsis krohnii sea angels (photo 1), which are the pterrifyingly voracious hunters of the graceful Corolla spectabilis sea butterfly (photo 2). Many beachgoers have been finding the spiky, clear and thimble-like pseudoconchs (“almost-shells”) of Corolla on the shoreline (photo 3)! These pteenie ptransparent pteropods are ptotally pterrific!
Thanks to local underwater photographer Joe Platko for the first two photos!