Jellyfish-like salp are amazing swimmers, converting their gelatinous bodies into efficient undersea propulsion systems. But these tiny creatures can move even faster and further when banding together to create long, snake-like chains. Researchers have finally figured out how this unusual configuration makes salp even better swimmers.
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Legions of mysterious jelly-like creatures washed up on a California beach Monday and Tuesday, prompting speculation from locals. "Baby tremor monsters?" guessed a member of the Huntington Beach Community Facebook group. "Maybe the 'arse-blaster' version from "Tremors 3?" another member pondered. "Aliens sent here to sick our brains out and rule our world," someone else concluded.