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Moon Jellyfish

Ann Fisher (June)



This Moon Jellyfish had washed up on the beach on Anglesey.
For Sea kayakers, these jellyfish are a common sight in the UK. It's good to know that although the tentacles around the edge of the moon jellyfishes 'bell' can sting, their stings are not powerful enough to pierce our thick skin.

The moon jellyfish is instantly recognizable by the four 'moon shaped' pink masses, distributed around the centre of the bell. These are actually the gonads.

Although jellyfish can swim by pushing their bell downward, it is not a particularly efficient or dynamic source of movement which is why they find themselves at the mercy of the tide and the waves and often end up high and dry like this one.






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