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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Local jellies

A few nights ago, I promised to show a few more examples of the gelatinous animals that might wash ashore on local beaches at this time of year.  So...here you go!

Two jellyfish:

Pacific Sea Nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens) — note the golden brown color (beware, sea nettles can cause painful stings)

Moon Jelly (Aurelia sp.) — note the pale purple color

Now, two different hydromedusae:

Giant Bell Jelly (Scrippsia pacifica)note the red eye spots

Aglauropsis aeora — note the faint pink and blue coloration

And the swimming bell of a siphonophore:

Probably Praya sp. — note that in this species the "jelly" material retains its form, and overall this swimming bell has a shape somewhat like a large tooth, i.e., squared off at one end and with two pointed tips at the opposite end.

P.S.  I think I've written a little bit about all of these species before, so if you'd like to learn more about them, scroll to the bottom of the NHBH web page and use the "Search This blog" function.

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