Lake Facts and the Curious

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Bladderwort plant in Lake Sunapee (foreground) - note the small "bladders" on the branching stems of the plant.

Did you know that the fastest carnivorous plant on the planet lives in Lake Sunapee? This plant is commonly referred to as bladderwort and a few different species live in the lake. The plant gets its name from the many small bladders attached to branching stems on the plant. When prey (mainly small crustaceans) touch trigger hairs situated on each individual bladder's "trapdoor", it rapidly opens to suck in water, and anything nearby it.


Bryozoans, or "moss animals," are aquatic organisms, living for the most part in colonies of interconnected individuals.

Bryozoans, or "moss animals," are aquatic organisms, living for the most part in colonies of interconnected individuals.

Have you ever seen a slimy gel glob with tiny black specs in the lake? They are commonly referred to as a bryozoan colony. These "moss animals," are aquatic organisms, living for the most part in colonies of interconnected individuals. A few to many millions of these individuals may form one colony. Some bryozoans encrust rocky surfaces, shells, or algae.