Black Sea Nettles
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|Black Sea Nettles|
We saw thousands upon thousands of these sea nettles drifting in the shallow waters off the pier in Monterey. We must have witnessed a "bloom".
The black sea nettle is considered a giant jelly; its distinctive purplish bell can reach over three feet (91 cm) in diameter; its lacy, pinkish oral arms can reach nearly 20 feet (6 m) in length and its stinging tentacles 25 feet (7.6 m) or more. It probably lives in deeper, calmer waters but has appeared in large blooms in California coastal waters, most recently in 2010.
Giant black sea nettles appeared in droves along the San Diego shoreline in the summer of 1989. Then they mysteriously disappeared. The giant drifters reappeared again ten years later, in the summer of 1999. Increased numbers of sea nettles may be an indication that human activities have changed the condition of the ocean. Increased organic material means more nutrients. More nutrients, plus fertilizers from farms, enrich the plankton, providing more food for jellies and allowing them to increase in number. It is likely that the appearance of black sea nettles in coastal California waters is also related to El Nino/La Nina events.
The black sea nettle provides the Pacific butterfish with food and protection. The silvery butterfish feeds on the plankton gathered by the jelly, and when danger approaches, the butterfish actually hides inside the jelly’s bell.
The black sea nettle is a mysterious creature; during most years its whereabouts are unknown. Scientists just recently named this jelly in 1997, although pictures of the species were taken as early as 1926. Much about its behavior, distribution and life cycle remain a puzzle.
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- [2013-02-04 15:23]
A different point of view to see the other side of the jelly,this is very big and interesting,great capture in a difficult situation and impressives details and colors.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Hi Manyee. A very complex organism. One can only wonder what all it does. The gold and other colours are beautiful. You attained perfect clarity and sharpness. This would make a good livingroom photo in LARGE. Very cool! TFS Trevor
Another wonderful pic of these strange animals in great colour contrast. Beautiful!
- [2013-02-05 5:34]
Its bizarre but beautiful...well captured. tfs.