Last weekend, two San Diego divers, Peter McGuinness and Michael Bear, filmed a startling encounter with a large Fried Egg Jelly (Phacellophora camschatica), while diving in the deep La Jolla Submarine Canyon, off the Marine Room Restaurant, La Jolla.
(Marine biologists discourage the use of the term ‘jellyfish,’ since sea jellies are not actually fish, but medusozoa, as they are properly called.
According to Wikipedia:
Jellyfish (also known as jellies or sea jellies or medusozoa) are free-swimming members of the phylum Cnidaria. Jellyfish have several different morphologies that represent several different cnidarian classes including the Scyphozoa (over 200 species), Staurozoa (about 50 species), Cubozoa (about 20 species), and Hydrozoa (about 1000-1500 species that make jellyfish and many more that do not). The jellyfish in these groups are also called, respectively, scyphomedusae, stauromedusae, cubomedusae, and hydromedusae.
All jellyfish are embodied in the Medusozoa subphylum. Medusa is another word for jellyfish, and as such is used to refer specifically to the adult stage of the life cycle.
Jellyfish are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea. Some hydrozoan jellyfish, or hydromedusae, are also found in fresh water; freshwater species are less than an inch (25 mm) in diameter, are colorless and do not sting. Many of the best-known jellyfish, such as Aurelia, are scyphomedusae. These are the large, often colorful, jellyfish that are common in coastal zones worldwide.
In its broadest sense, the term jellyfish also generally refers to members of the phylum Ctenophora. Although not closely related to cnidarian jellyfish, ctenophores are also free-swimming planktonic carnivores, are generally transparent or translucent, and exist in shallow to deep portions of all the world’s oceans.
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish are the largest known jellyfish, and arguably the longest animal in the world.
See here for more on sea jellies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jellyfish
Video courtesy of Michael Bear
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