Just a couple Jellyfish facts

Here’s a couple facts about the Lions Mane Jellyfish.
The largest known species of jellyfish is the Lion’s Mane Jellyfish. It  prefers cold waters of the ocean and is mainly found in the boreal waters of the  Arctic, northern Pacific oceans and northern Atlantic. The Lion’s Mane found in  the Arctic is one of the longest known animals and the largest recorded specimen  is 120 feet in length and the bell body has a diameter of 7 feet and 6 inches.  This was found washed ashore in Massachusetts Bay in 1870.

The Lion’s  Mane is a common species of jellyfish and packs quite a sting. These stings are  seldom fatal, but are toxic and can cause severe pain and burns. Only one person  has been reported to have been killed by this type of jellyfish, but still this  species is considered potentially dangerous. The bell body of this jellyfish is  capable of attaining a diameter of 8 feet, but this species comes in varying  sizes. The ones in the northern counterpart are much bigger in size then the  ones found further south. The southern ones have only up to a bell diameter of  20 inches. The Lion’s Mane found in the northern oceans have tentacles which  trail as long as 100 feet in length. The tentacles of this jellyfish is  extremely sticky and come grouped in eight clusters. Every cluster has 65 to 150  tentacles, in a series of rows. The bell body has an appearance of an  eight-pointed star, as it is divided into eight lobes.

The color of the  Lion’s Mane jellyfish depends on its size. The larger ones come in dark purple  and vivid crimson colors. The smaller specimens usually have shades of lighter  orange or tan. This jellyfish is so named because its thick cluster of tentacles  look similar to a lion’s mane

Lions Mane Jellyfish


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