Miriam Lancaster lifts up a bryozoan, a filter feeding aquatic animal, from the dock of her Lake Ketchum home in Stanwood on Sept. 13. Lancaster discovered the blob-like creature last month while looking through a crayfish pot she had left near the shoreline. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Miriam Lancaster lifts up a bryozoan, a filter feeding aquatic animal, from the dock of her Lake Ketchum home in Stanwood on Sept. 13. Lancaster discovered the blob-like creature last month while looking through a crayfish pot she had left near the shoreline. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Alien brain? No, a colony of harmless freshwater creatures

Bryozoans are tiny invertebrates that live in jelly-like masses, and their presence is a good thing.

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