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Here are a couple of pics of a strange Jelly which was encountered off of Vancouver Island. The body was 18-24 inches across. Nobody I have talked to has seen one before. Any Ideas????

 

Thanks

 

Gary

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Here are a couple of pics of a strange Jelly which was encountered off of Vancouver Island. The body was 18-24 inches across. Nobody I have talked to has seen one before. Any Ideas????

Thanks

Gary

 

Hi Gary--

Welcome to Wetpixel. That is a beauty and quite odd - where are the feeding tentacles?. One of the top west coast jelly experts is in your neck of the woods -- Claudia Mills at the U. Washington Friday Harbor Lab. You'll find her email address on her web page plus a whole lot of jelly links at http://faculty.washington.edu/cemills/

Good luck -

Leslie

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Okay it seems to be a lion's mane jelly - Cyanea capillata - that's lost all of its tentacles. Odd, very odd....

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Yah, looked like a lions mane...

 

But, as noted, without tenacles... had me wondering there too..

strange...

 

Here's some lions mane, they're all over Puget Sound and up at Sunshine Coast >Porpoise Bay etc...

 

(apologies, out of focus)

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Yah, looked like a lions mane...

 

But, as noted, without tenacles... had me wondering there too..

strange...

 

Here's some lions mane, they're all over Puget Sound and up at Sunshine Coast >Porpoise Bay etc...

 

(apologies, out of focus)

 

 

Actually Frank, that's a scrambled egg jelly; the lion's mane are red and more segmented.

 

 

Jack

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Actually Frank, that's a scrambled egg jelly; the lion's mane are red and more segmented.

Jack

 

Yah, I just say one over on NW divers, Jon...

 

so we'll try this one?? mo'reddish?

I had thought the Yolks were smaller ones.. but I'm finding that they are not.. so this might be a yolker too..jeeez, now i don't know... heheh...

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Yah, I just say one over on NW divers, Jon...

 

so we'll try this one?? mo'reddish?

I had thought the Yolks were smaller ones.. but I'm finding that they are not.. so this might be a yolker too..jeeez, now i don't know... heheh...

 

Yeah, just stick your hand in and see :blush:

 

I think this is a Lion's Mane. From my eye the Scambleds have sort of clumps of, well, scrambled eggs, inside of a translucent bell. The Lions have more even color.

 

Jack

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fpoole, Both of those photos are of Phacellophora, or "Fried-Egg" jellies. Cyanea doesn't have tentacles growing from the lobes/margin. Instead they are attached to the subumbrella, right next to the oral arms.

Cheers,

Wyatt

 

ps Gary, those first photos of cyanea are gorgeous!

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