On the Chukotka Peninsula we found a huge "sea snakes"
• On the Chukotka Peninsula found a huge "sea snakes"
On the discovery of long serpentine objects on the sea coasts repeatedly informed the villagers of southern part of the Chukchi Peninsula. "Sea Dragon" this year found after heavy storms at sea beaches of the peninsula. Brown "head" and "body" shows of the sea waves, and attracted the attention of sailors from cargo ships passing through the north of the Bering Sea.
According to some, it is likely to living organisms: worms big or unknown to science sea snakes. Others felt that it was man-made objects. Still others claimed that it is some kind of "Mutants". But the kinship "sea snakes" with Laminaria ( "seaweed") guessed a few.
Photo: Maxim Antipin
Nereotsistis Lütke (Nereocystis luetkeana) - Representative of kelp. In view of our seas ecdemic - "American", which is common along the Pacific coast of North America from the island of Unalaska to California. Alga has a barrel length of 25 meters, which gradually widens upward.
At the end of the barrel bubble diameter is 20 cm at the upper part of the bubble located several short double-branches, to which may be attached to the long 40 "leaves." - plates. The length of the individual plates is 9 meters. Sporangia are formed on the plates. The narrowest part of the lower barrel is attached to the ground by means of rhizoids, which form a cone diameter of 30 centimeters.
Photo: Maxim Antipin
Despite the huge size, these algae are annuals. They start to grow in February-March spread controversy in November and come off the ground in December. Nereotsistis occurs at depths up to 20 meters. Its upper part of the trunk with bubble plates and long swims at the surface. Nereotsistisa thickets are so dense that it is impossible to get through them on the boat.
In December, after the separation of algae from the ground, nereotsistis embarks on a journey across the Pacific. Trunks with bubble often throws in the Aleutian and Commander Islands. Less commonly nereotsistis gets to the South Kuril Islands, and the northern part of the Bering Sea.
Although the algae completely "alien" to us, with the Chukotka peninsula she still has family ties. It turns out that the specific name "Lütke" seaweed was named after the commander of the sloop "Senyavin" Fyodor Litke (Friedrich Benjamin von Lütke).
Part of the way this famous round the world traveler runs along the coast of the Chukchi Peninsula. On this famous expedition (1826-1828 years), and to this day resemble the geographical name of the Chukchi Peninsula: Strait Senyavin Abolesheva Bay, Cape Mertens. By the way, the name of the author of algae is one of the members of the very world tour - the famous botanist Carl Mertens.