Sea nettle jellyfish

Sea nettle jellyfish

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Credit: GILBERT S. GRANT/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Pacific sea nettle jellyfish. This jellyfish (Chrysaora fuscescens) inhabits the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, although occasionally it may be found in other places. Its bell may reach a diameter of over a metre, with its tentacles hanging up to six metres below it. The tentacles contain stinging cells (nematocysts) which paralyse any plankton and small fish which come into contact with them. These are then digested. Although painful, the sting is not fatal to humans. Photographed in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas, USA.

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Keywords: american, animal, chrysaora fuscescens, cnidarian, coelenterate, corpus christi bay, invertebrate, invertebrates, jellyfish, marine, nature, pacific sea nettle, stinging, tentacles, texas, underwater, united states, usa, wildlife, zoology

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