In case you had any doubts, also Jellies are some of my favourite creatures. I am really not sure why, probably because people are generally scared of them and because they are at times invisible to the eyes.
The Crown Jelly is the biggest jellyfish you can encounter while exploring our waters and it’s harmless to humans. Their bell can be 60 cm in diameter with colours ranging from blue to purple. They are one of the favourite food of Hawksbill Turtles which often leave them with bits of their body bitten. Unfortunately every now and then we also see them stranded on the shore. They have 8 arms and quite short tentacles which are stinging for preys. Their large size makes it simple to be spot in the water if there’s any nearby, although they remain pretty rare encounters.
The strong winds of the past week have brought few of them in our shallow waters and we spent some time observing them.
This incredibly beautiful true jellyfish is commonly seen with their symbiotic friends, some tiny fish, most likely belonging to the Carangidae family. These, in fact, find protection amongst the tentacles of their bigger buddies.
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