CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Jelly Blob (Bryozoan)
Bryozoans are aquatic animals and those in fresh water are in the Phylactolaemata Class.
They filter water and can be an indicator of good water quality. A beneficial creature which inhabits lakes that have lots of food. they eat diatoms and algae.
Shown in the pond attached to dried plant debris among Florida Native Plant: COMBLEAF MERMAIDWEED (Proserpinaca pectinata)
My take: The Blob and the Beginning of Winter
“The predators of freshwater bryozoans are mainlyfish, but raccoons also like to eat the gelatinousspecies.” (source: http://www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/bb/documents/bb-59.pdf) added 3/10/17