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This photo was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where crown jellies were raised from polyps to adulthood, and exhibited for the first time worldwide. Very little is known about these jellies.
The crown jelly is distinguished by its array of about 30 “spikes” emanating from the broad, circular bell. Eight stout mouth-arms and more than 100 long, tapering, pointed appendages spring from this pinkish-purple jelly’s central stomach.
Their bell can reach a diameter of 24 in. (60 cm)
The purpose of the crown jelly’s appendages is still unknown, although scientists speculate that it uses them to capture food.
They are found in nearly all Indo-Pacific waters.
They eat zooplankton and brine shrimp.
They live in a pelagic (open-ocean) environment.
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I enjoy your images about the creatures of the sea very much, as we do not all have the previlidge to see them from so close by. Off course this one had a special attraction because of its beautiful purple colour. Thanks for sharing a super macro. Best regards.
ps. Loot said you must not be concerned. He will be back soon. He is just taking a rest away from the computer for a while. He appreciate you asking.
- [2013-02-07 4:35]
Most interesting to see this marvellous series on Jellies. They are all very spectacular!
I have chosen this for its beautiful color and shape.