Compass Jellyfish ~ Lyme Regis

Susie Peek

Lyme Regis, United Kingdom

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Spotted this jellyfish on the beach … perhaps stranded by the high tides we’re having at present … from description below this one was about full size … the beach was quiet at that time but hope nobody stepped on it later!

info from BBC website:
Chrysaora/Compass jellyfish ~ Chrysaora hysoscella

~~ A common jelly in British waters, distinguished by its 16 V-shaped markings radiating from the centre of the bell.

They can be as much as 20cm (8in) in diameter, with marginal tentacles of around 60cm (24in).

Physical Description
Compass jellyfish have a bell-shaped body with 16 brown, radial markings that give it its common name. Background colour is cream to yellowish-brown, though many other colours have been observed.
Four long tentacles, or oral arms, hang under the centre of the bell, where the mouth of the jellyfish is located. In most cases, 24 thinner extensile tentacles hang from the bell’s rim.

They are found in all temperate and tropical seas around the world.

A coastal and ocean drifter, it swims and drifts in surface waters.

Chrysaora feed on small planktonic animals, such as arrowworms (Sagitta), ctenophores (comb jellies), and young polychaetes (eg Tomopteris). The prey is passed to their mouths by the marginal tentacles and mouth arms.

Uniformly ciliated larvae, or planula, are brooded within the adult. The larvae develop into sessile (attached) forms which reproduce asexually, giving rise to medusae: free-swimming, bell-shaped individuals.

Conservation status
They are not considered threatened. ~~

Lyme Regis, Dorset

Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 18-105 lens / raw

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