Lately, for the first time a glutinous creature that is nicknamed as “dragon booger” has been dappled in the Vancouver’s Stanley Park of British Columbia. Peculiar creatures are seen living in lakes and river water and thus when the water levels were low in the river it made such things more visible.
“Dragon Boogers” is quite known by a variety of names such as; “bryozoans” for some and “Moss animal” for another. They are also known by “Ectoprocta” that means “anus outside”. If you are not familiar with the phylogeny of the invertebrates of aquatic creatures, then there may be no point distinguishing between the creatures with the anuses outside or inside. But nevertheless it is somehow necessary to know and that is the beauty of these blobs of water-dwelling.
Evolution in the water allows happening of amazing things. Bryozoans clumps that have been found in the lost lagoon are actually a binding of hundreds of creatures that are living closely together as one single organism, called the zooid. Zooids are basically hermaphroditic creatures and get spread due to statoblasts. They are a clump of cells that are found in the organism, which can produce asexually once they get broken off from the colony.
It is obvious to hit the new lines as blobs are something that does not show up every single day on the Canadian lake. A small place in Canada named “Lost Lagoon” that is human made lake has showed up with the dragoon boogers.
Katheleen Stormont of the Stanely Park’s Ecology Society described it as a “three day old jello”, which is a bit rigid but glutinous in nature. They are a colony of organism that filter feeds and are scientifically known as “PectinatellaMagnifica” a Latin word meaning “giant booger of death”. Bryozoa are phytum that has 4,000 varieties of marine invertebrates living in one body, which snags food particles from the water that are surrounding them.
This creatures are still not clearly known to the scientists and a debate goes on this regarding are they invasive species or not? A fossil record shows that marine Bryozoans have lived for a long of 470 million years. This one found this time is known as “magnificent: bryozoans”.