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#1 meghann

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:04 AM

Pink Comb Jelly


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And some random jellyfish


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:36 PM

Wow, where did you get these shots?

The only time I've seen a wild jelly is right before my sister and I got stung. Painful. :mellow:

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:44 PM

These were in the Rappahannock River in Virginia, which empties into the Chesapeake Bay. For when you move to California: vinegar helps with the sting. Well, that, or urine, but most people would rather have the vinegar.

The pink comb jellies don't sting, and are pretty neat. It was too bright for us to see the effect, but they light up! (and they don't sting) It was wicked hard to catch, though.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:11 AM

Each Spring a ton of jellies wash up on the shores of Hilton Head Island. Kinda neat to see.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:31 AM

They actually have A TON of jellyfish in the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers around there. In Yorktown in the summer they have to keep jugs of vinegar at the river beaches because so many people get stung, usually by sea nettles. I think last year they said over 100 people were stung in one day on July 4th? And it's a really little beach!

I found a video that someone took, so you can see how many. I never knew that rivers could be worse than the ocean. Thankfully we've managed to steer clear of them every time we swim there.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 01:20 AM

Well, that, or urine, but most people would rather have the vinegar.


:mellow: I think I will follow the path of "most" people!

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 04:40 AM

Found the "fried egg" or "egg yolk" jelly today in Elliot Bay Marina in Seattle Washington. It was about 15" across but they can get as big as 24 inches in diameter. The tentacles can be up to 20 ft long.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:24 AM

Very cool that you can ID so many of these, Meghann! Fascinating creatures. Few people realize that the comb jellies are in an entirely different phylum from the "classic" jellies. (Ctenophora, Cnidaria.)
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:57 PM

Very cool that you can ID so many of these, Meghann! Fascinating creatures. Few people realize that the comb jellies are in an entirely different phylum from the "classic" jellies. (Ctenophora, Cnidaria.)


I've always been fascinated by them, and grew up going to beaches all the time, so have had many close encounters with them.

Here's one of my kids checking out a cannonball jelly on Tybee Island:


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And then here is a moon jelly swimming at the Virginia Aquarium:


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 05:07 AM

I've always been fascinated by them, and grew up going to beaches all the time, so have had many close encounters with them.

Here's one of my kids checking out a cannonball jelly on Tybee Island:


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One of those animals is very cute! :)


And then here is a moon jelly swimming at the Virginia Aquarium:


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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:35 PM

I prefer grape.

I've been stung once (not by the jar of grape jelly, some random jelly off Ocean City, MD). Never knew they where in some rivers around here. I was once bit by a freshwater eel while on a midnight swim in the Gunpowder River but that's a horse of a different color altogether. I have never seen a jelly except washed up on the Ocean City beach but the good specimens I saw looked like sandwich filled with water, the bad ones looked like a small puddle of clear goo.

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