Monday, December 1, 2008

BY REQUEST... The Jellies

First off, the Jellyfish are not fish, so I'll call them Jellies. They're in the Phlum CNIDERIA, which consists of Jellies, Siphonophores (like the Portuguese Man'O'War), Hydra, Corals, and Anemones. Cnidarians have no brain and no blood. They usually capture prey with tentacles that contain toxic stinging cells. Here is a gallery of some notable and attractive species.

SEA WASP (or Box Jelly)
These creatures are so venomous that deaths have occurred from their stings. They are found in the waters of the western Pacific, near Northern Australia and SE Asia.

Australian warning sign at beach

Marks from contact with

The Man O War is not just one animal, but a colony of animals living together as one body. They also have a rather powerful and painful venom. While many jellies travel through the water column, the Man O War travels only on the surface as the top of its body is a gas filled float.

It is not uncommon for PMOW to wash up on
beaches. Even when dead, they may still sting.

The Lion's Mane is the largest and longest species of Jelly in the World. It can be found in the Northern Pacific, Northern Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. The longest of them have tentacles that reach up to 120 ft.

The Pacific and Atlantic populations
have different colors.

Random Jellies

Pelagia Noctiluca

Deep Sea Siphonophore
(colonial organism)

Deep sea jelly

Moon Jellies

Sea Nettles

Deep sea jelly

Deep sea jelly

Jellies living in inland saltwater lagoon on island
of Palau

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