Nomadic jellyfish

Nomadic jellyfish

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Credit: PETER SCOONES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Nomadic jellyfish (Rhopilema nomadica) near the water's surface. It has a powerful sting that is painful but not fatal to humans. The nomadic jellyfish originated in the Indo-Pacific region, but migrated through the Suez canal into the Mediterranean. It is now found in plague proportions and has all but driven out the native common jellyfish. The umbrella (centre right) is a common food in the Far East, preserved in salt and softened in water before being eaten. Photographed in the eastern Mediterranean.

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