Jellyfish: Blobs of the Deep

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.

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Medusa by Arnold Böcklin, circa 1878

Medusa by Arnold Böcklin, circa 1878

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.

For more information on Medusa (the ugly one) I suggest D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, and Clash of the Titans.

Jellyfish Images

Jellyfish in the Aquarium at the California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA

Jellyfish in the Aquarium at the California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by kla4067 on Flickr

 

New England Aquarium, Boston  Jellyfish exhibit

New England Aquarium, Boston Jellyfish exhibit. Photo by CodyHanson on Flickr

jellyfish

jellyfish. photo by GeniusDevil on Flickr

Amazing fluorescent jellyfish shot in an aquarium of Rhenen's zoo in The Netherlands

Amazing fluorescent jellyfish shot in an aquarium of Rhenen's zoo in The Netherlands. Photo by Nicolas Hoizey on Flickr

Jelly Fish  Seen in the Newport aquarium in Oregon.

Jelly Fish Seen in the Newport aquarium in Oregon. Photo by szeke on Flickr

moon jelly

moon jelly. Image by Topyti on Flickr

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.

-Mike

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