Nov 16, 2009

Floating Viscera

With a cap that is 200 cm across and tentacles that can reach more than three meters, the lion's mane jellyfish is among the largest jellies on the planet. Their eight bundles of upwards of 100 stinging tentacles each (which retain their sting even if broken off into fragments), also make this jelly a true nuisance.

Of course, for our purposes, it also looks like a floating clump of viscera. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if my omentum, or even most of my abdominal cavity, looks like a lion's mane jellyfish, sans stinging tentacles.

Photo source: Phil Hartell

15 comments:

Suicide Barbie said...

Now that is not a creature I would like to meet whilst having a dip ><

K@ said...

Wow, this is absolutely beautiful. There are so many amazing creatures on this planet. I agree, though, definitely would not like to meet :)

Seagull said...

With K@ on the "this is absolutely beautiful"! But I would love to meet, not on a skin to tentacles basis, just so I could watch it floating in the sea. It must be an awesome sight to behold

Dudel said...

COOL! Er... well it is. X|

Jordan said...

It has a very majestic presence to it

Angela said...

This is what happened when King Neptune sneezed!!

BLOGitse said...

wow, that's beautiful and
scary...

Esther Beadle said...

I don't know if this is beautiful or quite freaky. Maybe just freakily beautiful?
Esther
My blog: Wie, Bitte?.

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bourbon bill said...

I pooped on a jellyfish.

Ghost said...

I am new to this blog but find it very interesting.

stacey said...

A close competitor of the Fried Egg Jelly:

http://www.oceanlight.com/lightbox.php?sp=phacellophora_camtschatica

Ordinary Paul said...

I saw a few of these from an underwater viewing port on a trip over to Skye in Scotland a few years back. They weren't even that huge, but they have a very solid presence for a jellyfish and were super impressive!

Epi said...

looks like something out of the Poltergeist movie. so ugly it's almost sexy.

Nicole said...

Heading to Florida in a few weeks and praying that we don't encounter anything this size! Ouch, would that hurt.