Spent all of last week between the Gulf and the Atlantic being carried by the currents of the sea. Along with the currents come the sea cnidarians (silent ‘c’– nidarians). A sea cnidarian is commonly known as a jellyfish, but I like to use the technical term to sound a little bit more educated about the ocean. Jelly fish are great mysteries of the sea, and I would like to shed some light on their dangerous ways.
-Jellyfish are comprised primarily of water (95%) with no bones, eyes, heart, or brain. So really they just bob along.
-Jellyfish have one hole for ingesting and expelling food. Delicious.
-A group of jellyfish is called a ‘smack’. So you could say, “I was playing in the ocean and got caught up in a smack” and then you would have to explain yourself and then you will sound very intelligent–unless the pain of the smack prevents you from speaking
-The mouth is not only used for ingestion and expulsion, but also fertilization. One hole, many functions
-If a jellyfish is left on shore, it will dissolve leaving only a film behind
-Jellyfish do not survive well in captivity because they need the currents to propel them
-Jellyfish can be up to 7 feet across with tentacles 120 feet long. No fear, you will not find these off the Atlantic coast but in the Arctic.
-The amount of venom in a Box Jelly could kill 60 people. Stay away from dangerous marine life.
-And against common belief, urine will not help a jellyfish sting