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Hundreds Of Phronima Washing Up On Whitepark Bay

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Phronima, a genus of small, deep sea hyperiid amphipods of the family Phronimidae have been washing ashore on Whitepark Bay.

Phronima is found throughout the world’s oceans, except in polar regions. Phronima species live in the pelagic zone of the deep ocean. Their bodies are semitransparent.

Phronima are quite rare to see in the North and South of Ireland. The only recorded sightings were this November, 2005 and in 1985.

Oonagh Jordan a local said ” At first we thought they were little jellyfish but on looking closer we saw it looked like a transparent, hollow barrel.

We picked one up and to our horror something was wriggling inside it. What crawled out looked like a transparent baby lobster, very similar to the creature in the Alien movies. They’re amazing looking but also very creepy!”

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