Jellyfish

Jellyfish

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca). This jellyfish is found in the open ocean. The bowl-shaped bell has clumps of stinging cells (nematocysts), also seen on its tentacles. As with all jellyfish, these are used to subdue prey such as fish, crustaceans or plankton. The prey is then brought to its mouth at the centre of the underside of the bell. Jellyfish are free-swimming aquatic invertebrates that are related to the sea anemones and corals. Jellyfish swim by contractions of their bell. P. noctiluca is observed to glow in the dark (phosphorescence). Its bell can reach up to 60 centimetres across. Photographed off Levant Island, France, in the north-western Mediterranean Sea.

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