Chrysaora achlyos

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Chrysaora achlyos – Black sea nettle, with H. sapiens in forefground, Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Matt,

Thanks for the fine photograph. You’ve given me yet another reason to visit that aquarium, though I was already well aware of its many excellent displays.

Best,

John

I can’t recommend the Monterey Bay Aquarium highly enough. Outstanding. The first time I’d gotten to see an ocean sunfish (Mola mola) up close.

James F said:

The first time I’d gotten to see an ocean sunfish (Mola mola) up close.

From what I’ve read, ocean sunfish like to be petted, but will bite fingers near their mouths, mistaking them for soft but bony shrimp.

If you have a low-light-capable video camera, you can shoot some stunning videos of these and other jellyfish. (A tripod is a real necessity.) Anybody who gets within a half-day’s drive of Monterey should plan a visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The website is http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/ - it’s definitely a world-class aquarium.

Stanton said: …mistaking them for soft but bony shrimp.

Shrimp have bones? ;^)

I actually touched an Ocean sunfish once, in the wild, in Long Island Sound, from a sailboat. Of course it immediately dove.

(And now a lead-in to the current story.) From Wikipedia:Sunfish live on a diet that consists mainly of jellyfish.

Having gotten nailed a few times by jellyfish,(again in LI Sound) my appreciation of the fish has improved.

Come on… A jellyfish can’t evolve into a human…

The Charleston, South Carolina aquarium used to have a small exhibit with ping pong ball sized jelly fish that was lit with ultraviolet light. way cool.

At the Monteray Bay Aquarium, the circular minnow tank in the sunlight and the upclose view of many types of shells imbedded in a wall that are the face Jacque Cousteau from a distance are two of my more vivid memories of a visit there…

Anyone within a day’s drive of Knoxville or Atlanta should check out those cities’ aquariums.

Chattanooga, not Knoxville, sorry.

Why are they all upside down?

Gorgeous.

Stacy said:

Why are they all upside down?

How anthropocentric!

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