You’ll never guess what the GTM Research Reserve found!

Botrylliodes Nigrum, a native colonial tunicate, was discovered on a pH probe from one of our data collectors out at the Fort Matanzas site on Wednesday, June 1.

These tunicates are a type of biofoul, which are unwanted biological organisms that attach themselves to man-made structures like ships, docks, rock pilings, and in this case, a data sonde. These bright red- orange tunicates can be found in or near warm oceans.

We’re always finding weird and interesting creatures at the Reserve!