Some researchers off the coast of Australia think that jelly balls is Earth’s way to fight global warming – neat!
By eating the algae, the salps turn the algae and their carbon dioxide into faeces which drops to the ocean floor. They also take carbon to the floor with them when they die after a short two-week life cycle.
This is thought to be a natural form of carbon sequestration similar to what scientists are trying to do with carbon capture from emission sources such as power stations.
Dr Baird said Australian salps are biologically closer to vertebrates such as humans than to jellyfish because they have the rudiments of a primitive nervous system.
‘They are interesting because they are the fastest reproducing multi-celled animal on the planet and can double their numbers several times a day.’