Moon jellyfish

Moon jellyfish
Moon jellyfish
Phylum Cnidaria (hydroids, jellyfish, corals, sea anemones, black corals and gorgonians)
Aurelia aurita
0 to 30 ft
The moon jelly has clear dome-shaped body that may appear tinged with blue. A fringe of numerous tentacles extends from the edge of the dome. The four gonads (reproductive organs) are outlined in white, creating a flower-like shape inside the body. The moon jelly is common throughout the Caribbean. Depending on weather, it can be locally abundant at times. It inhabits shallow open water, often drifting above reefs. It feeds on plankton that sticks to its mucous covered surface and is channeled into its mouth. It produces an uncomfortable but generally harmless sting.

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