This guest post is by Cherilyn Jose, a SCUBA diver, photographer, writer and blogger. Her blog, "Ocean of Hope: Marine Animals Voice Their Wishes" is often written from an animal's point-of-view. Check it out here Ocean of Hope: Marine Animals Voice Their Wishes and follow her on twitter @protectoceans
Note: Since Jellyfish aren’t really fish, I will now refer to them as Jellies instead
|Lion's Mane Jelly. C. Coimbra photo|
- The Lion’s Mane Jelly is the largest Jelly in the ocean. Its bell can reach up to 8 feet in diameter, and its tentacles up to 120 feet long (that’s longer than a blue whale!).
- The Lion’s Mane Jelly lives in the North Atlantic, North Pacific, and Arctic Oceans.
- The Lion’s Mane Jelly is bioluminescent (glows in the dark!).
- Like all jellies, the Lion’s Mane Jelly has no brain, blood, or nervous system.
- Like all jellies, the Lion’s Mane Jelly is 95% water.
- There are 200 species of True Jellies.
- All Jellies are radially symmetrical.
- Jellies have no eyes, but rather eye spots that detect light and dark.
- Lion’s Mane Jellies have nematocysts in their tentacles that they use to sting their prey. Nematocysts are barbs (sharp points) filled with venom.
- A Jelly can sting you even if washed up on the beach so be careful! Jelly stings on humans can be treated with vinegar to lessen the pain.