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Australian White-spotted Jellyfish

Australian White-spotted Jellyfish
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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: 2005-10-22
Categories: Cnidarians
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 6), Underwater Wonder World 3, Jellies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-29 3:31
Viewed: 10447
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Australian White-spotted Jellyfish
Phyllorhiza punctata

This large and spectacular jellyfish is common during the summer months in New South Wales coastal waters and estuaries, including Sydney Harbour. It is easily recognised by the large, semi-transparent, rounded bell covered in regularly spaced, white dots. The trailing tentacles also end in whitened spots. The White-spotted Jellyfish is causing a problem overseas, particularly in the Caribbean region. It may have hitched a ride in ships' ballast tanks, travelling from Australia and the Pacific region to the Caribbean. Here, it found an ideal place to breed, free of their natural predators (various Pacific-region snails).

Throughout Australia.

Oceans, coastal waters.

Common in summer

Bell width up to 50 cm.

Mild or not noticeable.

This picture was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


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It is large, it is spectacular. In two words: a beauty.

Regards, Petru

Hi Manyee,
Excellent shot!
Very interesting composition,
Strong visual impact,

That's a really surreal moment!
And the DOF is amazing!

Great work!
Keep it up!

And those tenticles sting like hell. Common in coastal lakes here during summer where they literally prevent you from swimming.
Nice shot with good detail on the bell.

Lovely weird creaure, photographed nicely against the black background. Simple and very effective compostion!
Best greetings,

Hi Manyee,
A beautiful shot. Excellent color and detail in the jelly against the black backround. Great job!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-11-29 7:39]

Hello Manyee,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS

Very detailed and interesting shot ManYee. Very good impact against the Black BG. Great note. Well done! Thank you.

Superb shot Manyee!
Very good details and perfect lighting. The dark BG works great.
I like it very much.

I love this marine abyss serie, go Monterey!

Hello Manyee, this is a very beautiful jellyfish. Great shot with wonderful colours/lighting and sharpness. Great POV and excellent composition. Thanks for posting.

This is absolutely a great shot! The black background make a nice contrast with the "whiteness" of the jellyfish.


Here's another cool looking undrewater alien life form from the abyss. Nice shot. :)

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-11-29 19:31]

Manyee, you really have a knack for these jellyfish shots, this one is really beautiful. I think I would prefer the portrait format though. I know they do swim this way, still it somehow seems the wrong direcetion and I keep wanting to tilt it 90; maybe it is just me.
As is, a very good shot.
Kind regards,

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-11-29 23:18]

Very nice picture Manyee!

I like the black BG and the translucense of the jelly fish. Picture is sharp and well exposed.
Great shot and TFS.

Good light and DOF. Dark background makes this jellyfish to look very beuatiful.

Hi Manyee,
I like this shot very much.
We don't see much of jellyfish on TN and make this one standing out very well with the excellent black BG. Nice details too and excellent compo.
Well done !!!

This is very nice Manyee. I like the contrasts and the dark BG sets it off nicely. Very well done.

Hi Manyee
A VERY nice picture of this baby, love the dark BG and how the critter is popping off the screen - TFS, Well done

Great work!
Keep it up!

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