A peculiar trash-like creature found on the shores of Padre Island National Seashore in the United States
“Garbage with tangled threads” has been spotted at Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) in Texas, USA, prompting authorities to provide clarification, which is rather odd.
What looked like a bunch of tangled threads and rubbish, was actually a sea whip, a fairly common type of soft coral. Corals are animals because they don’t make their own food like plants do.
“If you look closely at a piece of a stranded sea whip, you might notice the black inside that coral. This is the skeleton of the coral, while the colored pieces are the tiny colonies of polyps that make up the living part of the coral, ”PINS officials said in a Facebook post on Monday.
Texas sea whips are most commonly found in the colors red and yellow.
“Sea whip is a soft coral that can be found from New Jersey to the Gulf of Mexico. It comes in a variety of colors like red, white, purple, and yellow. We mostly see the yellow varieties. and red wash on our beaches, ”the post said.
According to Mitchell Publications, when exposed to air, the polyps on the whip will die off and smell like dead fish.
“So the next time you take a walk on the beach, look for the whip of the sea and remember, this is not a garbage can,” PINS concluded in its Facebook post.