I've come to expect Aglauropsis aeora during calm, warmer water conditions in the summer. Today the ocean reached 14.5°C (58°F) , so I wasn't surprised to see this beautiful hydromedusa. These images were taken quickly in a small field aquarium.
I posted better pictures of this species last August. To see those and to learn a little more about Aglauropsis, click here.
Interestingly, there were quite a few ctenophores (comb jellies) washing in today. They looked like sea gooseberries (Pleurobrachia sp.), but I'm not used to seeing them at this time of year. I wondered if they might be a different species of sea gooseberry than the one we see during the winter/spring?
For the record, I also saw a few large salps (Thetys vagina) and at least one large Giant Bell Jelly (Scrippsia pacifica).