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This fantastical sea creature helps remove planet-warming gases from the atmosphere

It was decades ago when Bruce Robison first looked through the plexiglass sphere of a submersible and spotted a most curious critter in the...

Nearly transparent and no larger than a fist, the squishy tadpole-like animal was surrounded by an enormous balloon of mucus about 3 feet wide.

  • Rosanna Xia Los
  • Angeles Times

Robison could discern chambers intricately inflated within this sticky structure, speckled with particles of food and plant debris.

Robison spent years in the open ocean studying these gelatinous animals, which are too large and too fragile to bring back into a lab.

Known as giant larvaceans, they inhabit seas across the world.

Tens of thousands of them live just outside Robison’s office in…

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