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Moon Jellies

Moon Jellies
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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: 2005-07-29
Categories: Cnidarians
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Underwater World, 50-60 points chapter 3, 40-49 Points (Chapter 5), Underwater Wonder World 3, Jellies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-30 4:05
Viewed: 5512
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Aurelia labiata

This alien-looking creature is named for its translucent, moonlike circular bell. Instead of long, trailing tentacles, moon jellies have a short, fine fringe (cilia) that sweeps food toward the mucous layer on the edge of the bell. 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.

Species Information
small plankton, like molluscs, crustaceans, fish eggs and other small jellies
to 15 inches (38 cm) in diameter
common in Monterey Bay and along the California coast, and in the waters off the East Coast, Europe, Japan and the Gulf of Mexico
Portuguese man-of-war, hydromedusae, other siphonophores, sea anemones, coral; Family: Ulmaridae
Conservation Notes
Moon jellies are very plentiful. However, plastic bags that end up in the ocean often look like jellies to animals that depend on these drifting creatures for food. Thousands of turtles and birds die each year after swallowing indigestible wads of plastic mistaken for jellies. You can help by picking up plastic on the beach and near storm drains.
Like other jelly populations, overabundant moon jellies indicate an unbalanced ecosystem. Scientists have discovered that jellies reproduce best when the water has too many nutrients—usually the result of run-off from land—and too little oxygen.
Cool facts
Although they didn’t get to the moon, nearly 2,500 moon jelly polyps and ephyrae—two early stages in the jelly life cycle—went into orbit aboard the space shuttle Columbia in May 1991. They were part of a study on the effects of weightlessness on development of internal organs in juvenile jellies.


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  • omnia Silver Star Critiquer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-30 4:14]

Very bizarre looking creatures! Extraordinary - beautiful. Was this taken from an aquarium? I have never seen anything like it!

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-30 4:21]

A great photo. These are very interesting creatures.

Great capture Manyee,
You have the aquarium shots down to a fine art now. Very well composed and the very slight hint of pink on the jellies is a nice touch.
Thanks for posting, have a good weekend

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-07-30 4:39]

Hello Manyee, excellent shot, composition , sharpness and colors are perfect. Very well done. Didier.

Hello Manyee,
this is an exellent shot. Wonderful work. I like it.

Hi Manyee,
Very good compositoin, great note, very sharp image.
Excellent captured!


Hello Manyee

Spectacular shot. You have managed the exposure really well. Interesting note. Nice work. Thanks.

Hello Manyee!
Excellent capture.Details,dark BG,POV and composition are perfect.Into my favr.Thanks for sharing.

Hello Manyee! Great capture of the two jellies showing both the open and closed views nicely..Good details and they stand out very well against the dark BG, Well done!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-07-30 10:02]

Excellent shot ,exposure is very good,nice POV.

Hi Manyee,

Excellent job on this shot. The composition is perfect with the two of them, one open, and one closed. as them propel along thru the water. Good detail, and great notes.

Hi Manyee, this is just amazing. The shapes, light and delicate fringes have great impact, the slight hint of colour is beautiful. I love the way you have two views of the same creature in this image too and the composition is great. I'm quite jealous, it's gorgeous :)

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  • gopi Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 70] (337)
  • [2005-07-30 13:48]
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Good composition and thanks for the the extensive note. Can something be done about the chromatism and grains?
A high Five :-)))

Excellent shot Manyee, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast. Very well done, thanks for sharing

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-30 16:36]

Manyee, this is indeed very beautiful.

Excellent contrast, pov and composition; I do enjoy the dark bg.

An excellent job.

Hi Manyee
Excellent capture, I never try to capture throught a aquarium
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-30 21:00]

Hello Manyee,
I like this fantastic creature!
Very well composed, the details & colours are great, thanks for sharing :-)


Hi Manyee,
Good photo of these interesting creatures! I like the contrast with the background. Useful note too! TFS

Excellent composition and an interesting subject. A bit of noise but that's almost impossible to get rid of fwith this type of shot. Nice one.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-31 3:54]

You have well captured these jellies ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Manyee.

Beautiful !

Had missed this earlier, so nothing much to add to previous comments. There is a bit of noise there but its not distracting. Its a wonderful shot of amazing creatures. Excellent!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-01 3:55]

Hello Manyee!
Magnificent shot.Contrast between BG and moon jelly,details,lighting,POV,DOF,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-01 5:09]

So fragile and beautifull! I love underwater photographs. Great dark BG and these creatures looking like flying neons. Superb.

This is a very special image, Manyee.

The soft translucent quality and unusual delicate shape of this subject have been captured extremely well in your composition.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

Nice picture, congratulations


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-19 20:37]

Hi Manyee,

This looks like something from out of this world. Beautiful composition!

Great work!



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