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Black Sea Nettle

Black Sea Nettle
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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): 5 favs. and up - PART 2, 50-59 points Chapter 7, 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Underwater Wonder World 2, Jellies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-01 3:37
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Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Chrysaora achlyos

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 coastal areas off Southern California, most recently in 1999.

Species Information:
Diet: plankton and other jellies
Size: to 3 feet (1 m) and oral arms extending to 20 feet (6 m)
Range: Mexico, southern Baja California to Monterey Bay
Relatives: Portuguese man-of-war, other jellies, sea anemones, coral; Family: Pelagiidae

Conservation Notes:
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.
Cool Facts:
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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Hi Manyee,
Perfect blue tones, focusing also. Amazing infos that you mentioned.

What a fantastic eye catcher, the dynamic is amazing and so are the colors, Manyee ! Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-03-01 6:59]

Hi Manyee,
Marvellous what a great shot it is really amazing. TFS

Hi Manyee,
Very cool shot! I love the composition and framing as it angles down thru the frame. Great colors and tones in this exposure. Detail is excellent.

amazing photo....
powerful diagonal action
sharpness, blue colour and details are superb

Wauw, great picture, I love it! The colours, just amazing, great POV, Thanks a lot for sharing, Loes

HI Manyee,
the colours are lovely and the compostion is very good.
Good details and POV. And the note is very informative.
Great work, my friend.

Very nice capture Manyee,
Good detail, lovely colours and good sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-01 13:29]

Hi Manyee,
a perfect shot. Colors and contrasts and sharpness are outstanding. Beautiful composition. Thank you for sharing.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-01 13:55]
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Hi Manyee
Fortunately you are behind glass (which you skilfully disguise so well), because you don't want to be stung by one of these. As a child I had a run in with one of its cousins, and I tell you something (no I can not use that language on this site), but when you're stung by a jelly, you stay stung for a while. Meaning you do not show any interest in anything else until you manage to overcome the burning. Then they say the best remedy for jelly burn is vinegar, but have you ever seen somebody take a bottle of vinegar with when they go to the beach?
Anyway your aquascape is quite extraordinary. Brilliant colours (just as a matter of interest, I'm not spelling colours wrong - that's how we do it here in good'ol South Africa). Composition is great (with the angle and the lead in). Exposure is spot-on and that blue water, well, it's even better that the California sky (you know what I mean, tsk).
Great work and TFS.

Hi Manyee,
a jelly fish passing space like a rocket.
Powerful eye catcher with fine details and a very appealing contrasts of colour.
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-03-01 16:48]

This one is turbocharged it seems. Great colours that make it pop out at you. Nice uncluttered diagonal compo that helps the direction of movement along.

Hello ManYee,

I always enjoy your postings of these remarkable jelly fish, and this one is exceptional.

The 3D quality created by the rich dark blue BG and wonderful details is stunning.

Great capture, thank you for sharing it with us!

Hello Mayee
What an incredible shot.
Superb colors and definition.
Good POV.

Beautiful blue background really makes this cool jelly fish stand out. Well done Manyee. :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-01 22:24]

Wow, Manyee, vivid colors indeed.

Great contrast, lovely blue shades, excellent composition.

A pleasure to check.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-01 23:01]


Excellentes couleurs et parfait détails.

Merci Manyee.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-02 3:20]

Hi Manyee!

Another absolutelly beautifull underwater picture. You made great progress in this kind of shots! These animals look slightly 'extraterrestial' for me. Great details and lovely blue BG.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-02 12:19]

Hello Manyee,
This is one of if not THE best aquarium shots I've seen.
I love the vivid blue,the detail is excellent and the diagonal composition also.


Very nice, good sharpness and beautiful colors.
Well done.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-02 13:48]

Hi Manyee,
What a superb shot!
Amazing colours and excellent composition,
the details are also very sharp and clear.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Manyee,
This is a very striking image. I love the strong diagonal composition and stunning blue background. It looks like something not from this world...like a meteor blasting through the atmosphere.

Hello Manyee,
Magical, it looks as if it’s suspended in a blue nothingness. Depth of colour is fabulous and I love the dynamics of the diagonal composition - Zen in motion!
Skilful omission of the glass too!?

sharpness and details are captured very well, very nice lighting too.....
a lovely but deadly creature.....

this shot is so...eyecatching and I could not stand not to give a smiley to his pix, the jellyfish is really detailed, even we could see through it transparent body, the strong blue color in background is so stunning make the jellyfish more highlight, in my experience papaya fruit sometimes also could remedy the stinging effect from jellyfish, but this one is look soo deadly so i don't think it could help much

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