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Moon Jelly

Moon Jelly
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-19
Categories: Cnidarians
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Jellies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-02-07 14:03
Viewed: 2144
Points: 16
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Moon Jelly
Aurelia labiata

This photo was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

These alien-looking creatures are named for their translucent, moonlike circular bells. Instead of long, trailing tentacles, moon jellies have a short, fine fringe (cilia) that sweeps food toward the mucous layer on the edges of the bells. Prey is stored in pouches until the oral arms pick it up and begin to digest it.
The coloration of a moon jelly often changes depending on its diet. If the jelly feeds extensively on crustaceans, it turns pink or lavender. An orange tint hints that a jelly’s been feeding on brine shrimp.

Scientists have studied the life cycle of this jelly extensively. They know the adult male moon jelly releases strands of sperm, which are ingested by female moon jellies. After fertilization, larvae settle on or near the seafloor and grow into polyps. Polyps alternate between feeding and reproductive stages for up to 25 years. In the reproductive phase, polyps launch buds of cloned juveniles, known as ephyrae, which grow into adult medusae.

Found worldwide in temperate and tropical waters, moon jellies feed in quiet bays and harbors. Although moon jellies have a sting, they pose little threat to humans.


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-02-07 14:40]

Hi Manyee
Good framing and colors, interessting note too

Hi Manyee. One word. "Beautiful". So much beauty and what seems to be so well organized. I love the inviting colours and the overall detail is over the top good. An excellent work of art. Well shot! TFS Trevor

Hi Manyee
Amazing photo. Beautiful colour and clarity. Good note.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello again, Manyee ;-)
This is something very different - a jellyfish in plan view, showing the fragility and symmetry of the animal very nicely. The fact that the entire image is composed of the complementary colours blue and yellow gives the details extraordinary contrast. The overall result is a fine document and a very artistic image.
Best wishes, Nigel.

這張有趣味 也有其它的含意
照的清楚 構圖美麗

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-08 5:56]

Excellent viewpoint for this lovely image of Jelly. tfs.

Hi Manyee,

Beautiful portrait! Amazing colour and clarity! It shows the beauty of the oceans!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-08 8:37]

Hello Manyee,
Very beautiful photo in splendid bright colours and excellent sharpness. Taken from an original POV.
Have a nice weekend,

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