spotted jelly, lagoon jelly, golden medusa, or Papuan jellyfish (Mastigias papua)

Spotted Jelly – Facts and Photographs

The Spotted Jelly, Mastigias papua is also known as the lagoon jelly, golden medusa, or Papuan jellyfish. They are closely related to the famous jellies found in the lakes in Palau. The jellies in the lakes...
Jellyfish or Sea Jellies Upside down jelly Cassiopea andromeda

Jellyfish or Sea Jellies which is correct ?

Despite the name, jellyfish are not fish and the term is not scientifically appropriate, many scientists are beginning to refer to them as jellies or sea jellies in a similar fashion to the name change occu...
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Bluebottles – Stings and All You Need to Know

The bluebottle, (Indo-Pacific) Portuguese man of war, bloublasie and sometimes mistakenly called the bluebottle jellyfish, gets its names from its float. The float resembles a bottle or an old Portuguese ma...
moon jellyfish

Translucent Jellyfish

A translucent moon jellyfish (aurelia aurita) photographed at uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa. Moon jellyfish are found throughout most of the world's oceans, from the tropics to the far north. ...
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Jellyfish Whilst Free-Diving

One of the many jellyfish which surrounded free-divers last Sunday, causing painful stings, yet made for some nice photos. See more at Free-Diving in Dar es Salaam....
Rhopilema nomadica

Nomad Jellyfish

A giant nomad jellyfish (Rhopilema nomadica), photographed while snorkeling off the coast of Mafia Island. Although, quite captivating to see in the water, be sure to steer clear of these guys. They can cau...
White Jellyfish

Small White Jelly

Small white blubber jellyfish travelling with a shoal of shimmering fish in Msasani Bay of Dar es Salaam....
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Nomad Jellyfish

Giant jellyfish season began several weeks ago in Dar es Salaam with an invasion of massive, white Rhopilema nomadicas (nomad jellyfish). These jellies can grow up to 10 kg (22 lbs) of weight, and its bell ...
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Jellyfish

Jellyfish are typified as free-swimming marine animals and the major non-polyp form of individuals of the phylum, Cnidaria. They have roamed the seas for at least 500 million years, possibly 700 million year...
Upside down jellyfish

Upside Down Jellyfish

An upside down jellyfish (Cassiopeia andromeda) at uShaka Marine World in South Africa. These jellyfish live in the intertidal area on sandy bottoms, mud flats and in mangroves. Their color is variable, ...
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Velella Velella – Facts and Photographs

Velella Velella are also known as sea rafts, little sailers and by the wind sailors. They are a very unusual species of free floating hydrozoans. They are a part of the cnidaria family (of jellyfish and sea...
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Going Where the Wind Blows

The velella, a mysterious creature known as a hydrozoan, which inhabit the surface of the oceans (unlike jellyfish which live underwater). Equipped with stinging tentacles for catching food and a semi-circu...
crowned jellyfish (Cephea cephea)

Crowned Jellyfish

The crowned jellyfish (Cephea cephea) is also known as the crown jellyfish or cauliflower jellyfish. It is normally found in the open oceans in the indo pacific area. It gets its name from the cauliflower-l...
Crowned Jellyfish

An Undocumented Encounter

Four small and silver fish, some transparent, some not, believed to be banded driftfish (Psenes arafurensis), are quite at home inside the void space of a crowned jellyfish's bell. These fish have never bef...
Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jellyfish-Facts and Photographs

FACTS ABOUT MOON JELLYFISH Moon Jellyfish are recognizable by the pattern on the top of the jelly fish created by its gonads which are easily visible through the transparent bell. They are single ...
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Spotted Jelly

Enjoy photos of a spotted jellyfish (Mastigias papua), photgraphed off the coast of Mafia Island. Also known as the lagoon jelly, golden medusa or Papuan jellyfish, it is a species of jellyfish from the Indo-Pa...
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Giant Jellies

I'm frozen, captivated by the giant, fluctuating mercurial creature before me, which appears to be dissolving into itself. The receding layered tenticals and a silken membrain coasts, radiantly along the surfac...