Scientists learn how tiny critters make ocean ‘snot palaces’
KENSINGTON, Maryland (AP) — Scientists are learning about one of the weirder things in the oceans: “snot palaces.”
A study Wednesday in the journal Nature details these complex structures made of mucus that could be three feet wide.
They are made by critters that look like tadpoles and are only 4 inches long.
The mucus comes out of the critter’s head, then blows up like a balloon into a full structure. It’s like building a new five-story house for a person.
Scientists used a remote submarine, cameras and a laser to track the mucus home construction by these creatures called giant larvaceans.