Jellyfish are cool. As long as you’re not swimming through a heard of them. They’re also one of the coolest things to see at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. (Though one of the hardest to photograph.) The Monterey Bay Aquarium just released this video survey of deep sea jellys.
Jellyfish in general are named after what they look like. Specifically, The Medusa, a character in Greek mythology. One of the Gorgon sisters, her head was capped in locks of live serpents rather than hair. She was so hideous that to behold her would cause any mortal to turn to stone. While Jellyfish have medusa like tentacles than can stink and paralyze you, they are hardly hideous enough to turn you to stone on looks alone…
Medusae are jellys (Cnidaria) with umbrella shaped bodies. Many jellies have long, snakelike tentacles, many sting and are poisonous. They vary from translucent and clear to dark in color.
Definitely check out your closest aquarium to see the jellyfish. They are incredible. If you are close to Monterey, CA, here are some tips for visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium.