This Jellyfish Doesn’t Have Chance

Just received this great photo from a friend of friend.  Gary Bernier took this while diving at the ship wrecks off  North Carolina. A cookie goes to the person who can name both the jellyfish and fish.

Have dive photographs?  Send them along and we will post them at DSN!

Dr. M (1623 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





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4 comments on “This Jellyfish Doesn’t Have Chance
  1. Possibly a Chrysaora jelly by the markings on the top and sides, but the tentacles don’t look right… Might be the photo though. The fish is mullet! Which is amazing smoked.

  2. Could it be cigar minnows (Decapterus punctatus) swimming around a sea nettle, Chrysaora quinquecirrha? I don’t think they are eating it however but maybe smaller critters associated with the the jelly

  3. My ID for the fish are a jack of some sort (Trachurus sp.) All the lateral line scales are highly developed compared with the other body scales. From what I recall of Decapterus, only the posterior scales are well developed. Jump in with a spear, Kevin :-)

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