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A slippery sheet of salps covered Nantasket Beach in Hull. The organisms have tiny hairs that propel them in the water and create currents that push plankton into their mucus feeding nets.

Sludge of slimy organisms coats beaches of New England

Salps are tiny and harmless

By Beth Daley
Globe Staff / October 9, 2006

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Millions of tiny, gelatinous creatures have slimed beaches from Rye, N.H., to Hull, congealing into a slippery, tapioca-like sludge almost an inch thick. (Full article: 576 words)

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