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White-Spotted Jellyfish

White-Spotted Jellyfish
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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-18
Categories: Cnidarians
Camera: Nikon D200, NIKKOR AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 ED DX VR
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/180 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-03-20 22:38
Viewed: 11568
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Australian or White-spotted Jellyfish (Phyllorhiza punctata ) is native to the southwestern Pacific, though through unintentional introductions it can also be found in Hawaii, the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Introduction to these other waters is thought to have happened through budding polyps which may have attached themselves to ships, or it could have been carried in a ship's ballast tank. As an invasive species, it has become a threat to several species of shrimp.

The bell of this large jellyfish is normally between 16-19 cm, though it can be found as large as 60 cm., where there are few predators and good food supply. It is typically bluish-brown with many evenly distributed opaque white spots, even down to the ends of the tentacles. I expect much of the colouring comes from its environment. It has eight thick transparent branching oral arms which terminate with large brown bundles of stinging cells. From each oral arm hangs a longer ribbon-like transparent appendage. They have only a mild venom and are not considered a threat to humans.

These jellyfish are typically found swimming near the surface in the murky waters near estuaries or in harbours. They are said to be very common during the summer months in New South Wales coastal waters and estuaries. I have seen these quite a bit while kayaking around Sydney Harbour.

This particular one was seen while I was strolling around Iron Cove (a bay on the south-west side of Sydney Harbour). I would estimate its size at roughly 20 cm. I have a shot of another one as well which was left stranded by the tide. This is in the workshop. The one in the workshop I lifted and placed back in the water with a couple of sticks after I took my shot. I would estimate its weight at about 1 kg, the bell has a consistency similar to silicone. It was still pulsing when I left, so I might have been on time.

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Workflow for this shot:
Shot taken in Raw
NEF file processed to expand range for highlights and shadows
Level adjusted (very slight)
Curves adjusted
Noise reduction applied to selection excluding the jellyfish
Saved as a tiff
Cropped, resized, framed, sharpened with smart sharpen, saved as a jpeg for this post.

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To Adanac: Jellfyfish StingJPlumb 1 03-21 17:52
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Hi John,
Very good capture of this jellyfish!
You got very clear details on it, despite the picture was taken to the water.
It's very interesting the theory about how it can reach the Caribbean, being native from Australia.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-20 23:57]

Hello John

I have only seen a jellyfish once in my life, a very good shot of this beast.This thing looks alien almost.really good reproduction of the translucent body.TFS


interesting perspective. could use some sharpening. must be nice to see these in the wild.

Hello John,
Good details are captured, this is impressive!
Fine clarity in colours and sharpness...
Well framed subject!
Pablo -

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-21 4:18]

hi John,
bonne image, les méduses sont quelque chose de rare à Paris :).
Il y a un peu de bruit mais les détails sont conservés, la couleur également.

Hi John

Slight sharpening needed, but with the movement and water that may have been impossible, so excellent 'live' capture.



Hello John,
Great capture with excellent color and good detail, I have had the wonderful experience of a jellyfish sting along with my wife. Thanks for sharing John.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-21 12:36]

Hi John, Great shot of this Jellyfish. Lovely range of colours and light and the whole thing is very sharp. Wonderful composition.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-03-21 23:18]

Hi John. Very clear shot of this large looking jelly fish. It is more scary than the see-through ones seen sometimes. Excellent clours and cropped for maximum effect. TFS. Murray.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-06 19:39]

I enjoyed your excellent presentation of the jellyfish (one that I have not seen in person). I, too like the range of colors and the hint of motion that does not compromise detail. Thanks.

John I often wondered why these jellyfish end up on beaches... just like beached whales... Seems strange they would not know enough to stay clear. But c'est la vie
< oops le mort > eh!

I like looking at them AND avoiding their sting! Tfs, Jay

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-25 9:53]

Hi John,
nice shot of this jelly fish, shooting through the water is a bit tricky but you did very well and the details are nice and clear.
Very well done.

Good sharpness here on this jelly, which I've also seen on occasion in Sydney harbour.
Good composition and note.

Wow, those Aussie jellyfish are awesome aren't they ?
Not an easy shot to take by the looks of it, but you have done well.
Good work John.

Hello John !
I love to look at jellyfishes, they ae so beautiful - i love them so much that I have been stung by one of them, some years ago ! :-) This one looks huge on your picture ! You managed to capture some very nice detail on it. Alo beautiful colors. very wel done !

Hi John
Great note on this White Spotted Jellyfish. Brings back a few memories of being stung when I lived in PEI as a child...ouch. It's like being slapped when your freezing cold is how I remember it.

Nicely captured and sharp detail and colour.
TFS Janice

Hi John,

A nice image of the jelly fish, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. thanks for sharing.


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