Moon jellyfish

Moon jellyfish

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita). A piece of plastic is floating on the left. This jellyfish is very common and is found in coastal waters around the world. The moon jellyfish swims horizontally, keeping its bell near the water's surface at all times. It is carnivorous, feeding on zooplankton, which is trapped by the mucus lining on the bell before being moved along channels to the jellyfish's stomach. Although this jellyfish has tentacles containing nematocysts (stinging cells), the nematocysts are not strong enough to pierce human skin. This jellyfish can reach a diameter of 40 centimetres. Photographed in the Red Sea.

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