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Interesting information about jellyfish..

Jellyfish first appeared about 650 million years ago and found in every sea. Some also found a lot in freshwater. Medusa (Plural Medusae) is another term for jellyfish.

Medusa is another term jellyfish that lives in Greece, Finland, Portuguese, Romanian, Hebrew, Serbian, Croatian, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Czech, Slovakia, Russia and Bulgaria.

Because the jellyfish is not a spesien of fish, sometimes there are many false assumptions about the jellyfish, the American Public Aquariums therefore has popularized the use of the term jelly sea (sea jellies) instead.

The jellyfish have the deadliest poison and has caused thousands of deaths deaths since 1954. Each tentacle has about 500,000 sindasites harpoon shaped needles that inject venom into the victim.


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Pacific Electric ray can generate 45 volts…

The Pacific electric ray (Torpedo californica) is a species of electric ray in the family Torpedinidae, endemic to the coastal waters of the northeastern Pacific Ocean from Baja, California to British Colombia. It generally inhabits sandy flats, rocky reefs, and kelp forests from the surface to a depth of 660 ft., but has also been known to make forays into the open ocean.

Pacific electric ray can generate up to 45 volts of electricity for the purposes of subduing prey or self-defense and the shock generated by the Pacific electric ray can be enough to knock down an adult human. It should be treated with caution, especially at night when it is active, and has been known to charge at divers with its mouth agape if harassed. It is not known to be responsible for any fatalities, but may have been involved in several unexplained, fatal diving accidents.

The oldest documented individuals are 16 years of age, and extrapolating from growth curves the maximum life span of this species may be upwards of 24 years.



Southern Moon Jellyfish..slightly venomous

Southern Moon Jelly (Aurelia marginalis) is likely the most widely recognized jellyfish.  It has a transparent, saucer-shaped bell and is easily identified by the four pink horseshoe-shaped gonads visible through the bell. It typically reaches 6-8 inches in diameter, but some are known to exceed 20 inches.

Recent evidence suggests that there are several similar-looking species of moon jellies within a group of species that were once called the moon jelly, Aurelia aurita. The southern populations, including those in South Carolina, are now considered to be a distinct species (A. marginalis).

The moon jelly is only slightly venomous. Contact can produce symptoms from immediate prickly sensations to mild burning. Pain is usually restricted to immediate area of contact.

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Information & photo courtesy of SC DNR Sea Science

Purple Jellyfish..beautiful animal with a nasty sting

The Purple striped jellyfish ( pelagia panopyra) has a bell 1.5 feet wide is a free-swimming member of coastal plankton community. These large jellyfish serve as temporary homes for young crabs and at least one species of fish,  the medusa fish. The purple jellyfish possesses very potent stinging cells and should be avoided.

Typically found in tropical environs and most populated in  Australia, Cape Verde, Spain, Faeroes, Scotland, Japan, Philippines, Chagos Archipelago, Malay Archipelago.

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Beached Man o' War is still very dangerous..

In this video, taken of a Portuguese Man o’ War, it appears the animal has just been blown on shore.  This example also shows how the wind effects the animal crest and bladder as if a wind foil for movement.  Listen for the wind pitch and watch the bladder and crest movement with it.

Pay particular attention to the “ball” of deep blue tentacle mass beneath the animal.  The stinging capability lasts well after the animal is dead.  Never touch this animal in the water or on land…

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Radiating Hatpin urchin..extreme caution

These urchins have magnificent coloration, but they can deliver a powerfully painful and venomous sting. This urchin is also known as the Radiating Hatpin Urchin, and the spines are long and sharp, constantly moving, and irregularly distributed. These spines are usually banded in orange and white, darkening to red towards the tips. There are radiating rows of electric blue dots that decorate the body.

Use extreme caution to avoid contact with this urchin. Must stings comes from accidental contact with the urchin because the aquarist was not aware where it was in the aquarium. Medical attention may be necessary if stung by this urchin.

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Sea Urchins Have Two Defense Mechanisms

Like most aquatic life injuries, sea urchin injuries are caused by the animal trying to defend itself. A sea urchin’s spines are its first line of defense. The length and sharpness of an urchin’s spines vary from species to species. Some species have stubby, blunt spines, while other species have long, sharp, venom-filled spines. Razor sharp spines can easily pierce even a thick wetsuit and lodge deep in the skin.

Many urchin species, such as the purple sea urchin, have an additional defense mechanism called the pedicellarines. The pedicellarines are tiny, jaw-like structures that can clasp onto the skin and inject a painful poison. The pedicellarines are nestled down between the urchin’s spines, and are difficult for a diver to contact unless he has already impaled himself on the urchin’s spines.

In extreme cases, such as numerous puncture wounds, the relatively small amount of venom from spines and pedicellarines can accumulate to cause severe muscle spasms, faintness, difficulty breathing, and death.

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Information courtesy of Natalie Gibb; About.com


The impact of climate change on the Mediterranean sea

As part of the monthly presentations organised by Din l-Art Helwa, Dr. Alan Deidun BSc (Hons.) PhD., CSB MI Biol., will illustrate the impact that climate change is having on the Mediterranean and discuss how the Mediterranean Sea is the ideal testing chamber to assess the impacts of sea warming on marine biota.

According to a 2008 report by the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM), global warming is transforming our sea beyond recognition. This institution reports that, since the 1980s, the Mediterranean marine biota has known rapid, dramatic changes which include alteration of food webs, mass mortalities or population explosions such as the occurrence of jellyfish blooms.

Dr. Deidun is a Senior Lecturer at the Physical Oceanography Unit of the IOI-Malta Operational Centre of the University of Malta. He holds a PhD in biology and is a Chartered Biologist of the Institute of Biology of London. He has published over 45 peer-reviewed papers and has contributed to numerous University taught and field courses. The main thematics which interest him are coastal and marine ecology, ecology of invasive species, Marine Protected Areas and dynamics of jellyfish outbreaks.

Published in Malta News

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The Pacific coast black sea nettle….

The black sea nettle (Chrysaora achlyos), sometimes informally known as the “black jellyfish” due to its dark coloration, is a species of jellyfish that can be found in the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Its range is thought to be from Monterey Bay in the north, down to southern Baja, California and Mexico, though there are reports of sightings as far north as British Columbia.  It is a giant jellyfish, with its bell measuring up to 1 m (3 ft) in size, and its oral arms extending up to 6 m (20 ft) in length.  Despite its size and occasional proximity to Pacific coastal cities, the Black sea nettle was only recognized and scientifically described as a separate species in 1997, though misidentified pictures of the jellyfish had been taken in 1925.

It has the scientific distinction of being the largest invertebrate discovered in the twentieth century and carries a nasty sting.

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