Stroking the Lions Mane

gardenofbeeden

Townsville, Australia

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This beautiful Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, Cyanea capillata was photographed in the warm waters surrounding Orpheus Island, Great Barrier Australia. The school of small fish that had taken up residence amongst the stinging tentacles were darting in and out from under this protective cover to grab small particles of food, amazing :)

The Lion’s Mane Jellyfish can grow to be one of the largest of all jellyfishes. Its disc-shaped bell can be over 1 m across and its trailing tentacles can reach more than 10 m in length. These tentacles are very fine and difficult to see. They can extend outwards in a fan-like trap through which only the smallest of animals can pass without being caught. Large individuals often have many small fish that live near the bell of the jellyfish and avoid the stinging tentacles. This gives them protection from predators, as few animals will approach a large Lion’s Mane Jellyfish. (source “Australian museum”: http://www.faunanet.gov.au/wos/factfile.cfm?Fac... )

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