17 December 2012

Three black sea nettles

Photo by: Jeniffer Espedido
The Chrysaora achlyos is a subtropical species found in the eastern Pacific, specifically USA and Canada. This giant jelly's bell can grow to a diameter of over three feet and its lacy oral arms can reach up to 20 feet in length. Isn't this creature just mystical? It is said that the behavior and life cycle of this sea nettle remains unknown and during most of the year it is nowhere to be found.

To learn more about the black sea nettle or if you have other information you want to add about them, visit SeaLifeBase or become a collaborator and email us at sealifebase@fin.ph.

Inspired by: 12 Planktons of Christmas by Michele Collet

Other references:
Monterey Bay Aquarium (http://www.montereybayaquarium.org)

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