Sea Bladder

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Sea Bladder - Sebastian Romu © 2018

About

Common Names
Sea Bladder
Classification
Algae
Description
Sea Bladders are colonies of highly specialized marine algae, which form a membranous sac that fills with buoyant gas and fresh water as the colony processes sunlight and filter feeds on ocean micro nutrients. The gas contained in these bladders is poisonous, reeks of rotten eggs, and is highly flammable, burning with an intense blue flame. Sufficient reserves of the gas can cause these colonies to reach the surface of the oceans, where they are sometimes mistaken for large marine animals, or jellyfish. The liquid contained in the bladders is one of the only sources of potable water in the open salt water.

Ecology

Rarity
Uncommon
Distribution
Tropical to Temperate saltwater
Life Cycle
As the colonies grow they can be ruptured or fragmented by wave action, or feeding animals. Some of these fragments will survive and form new colonies. the buoyancy produced by the gases, and ballast provided by the fresh water help keep the sea bladders at an optimal depth for photosynthesis.

Uses

Cultivation
none
Culinary
none
Medicinal
none
Other
source of fresh water at sea, source of flammable gas

Culture

Stories

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