Tuesday, September 22, 2009

J is for Jellyfish

Today's contribution to ABC Wednesday has a lot of sting to it. Wikipedia has this to say - for starters:

Jellyfish (also known as jellies or sea jellies) are free-swimming members of the phylum Cnidaria. They have several different morphologies that represent several different cnidarian classes including the Scyphozoa (over 200 species), Staurozoa (about 50 species), Cubozoa (about 20 species), and Hydrozoa (about 1000-1500 species that make jellyfish and many more that do not)[1][2]. The jellyfish in these groups are also called, respectively, scyphomedusae, stauromedusae, cubomedusae, and hydromedusae; medusa is another word for jellyfish.
All this is no doubt nice to know after you have vbeen stung...



Today's post is an entry in the FIFTH round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.

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47 comments:

imac said...

Hey Rune, thats a super shot.

Prospero said...

It's always the beautiful ones that are so dangerous.

John said...

Little bit of the Starship Enterprise. When we lived in Denmark and my daughter was very young she used to collect them in a bucket, never did understand why.

Gallow said...

Excellent photo. Do you have an underwater camera, or was this through a glass?

Morten Pedersen said...

Flotte farger i den som gjør seg mot det blå vannet.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Rune! Jellyfish are very colourful and this one is almost like a fairy tale one. They are also deceitful, for if you want to have a close look they might harm you. As a child we travelled from Holland to Indonesia and back. It was then that I saw them in the ocean big red or orange coloured jellyfish. At least that's what I remembered.

Dick said...

Wow, beautiful color, I don't like jellyfish very much but in your picture it's ok.

Reader Wil said...

Me again!The fastest way to solve a puzzle was done by auto solve!

Ackworth born said...

Like Dick I think your photo is great but jellyfish are on the list of creatures I avoid at all cost.

Sylvia K said...

What a great shot! Perfect for the day! We saw some of these when we were at the wooden boat festival a couple of weeks ago, but I couldn't get a decent shot.

Have a good day, Rune!

Sylvia

Carol said...

Great photo!! This is as close as I want to be...

Roger Owen Green said...

Great photo, but I wouldn't want to get too close.

sema said...

beautiful shot!

Squirrel said...

Awesome. It almost looks like a blood shot eyeball. I marval at your ability to take this photo.

Janie said...

Beautiful jellyfish. It does kind of look like an eyeball!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Great photo. Was it taken under water or was it close to the surface so you took it from above?

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Det var en fargerik manet du har fanget der Rune, flotte kontraster mot det knallblå vannet :) Håper ikke du hadde benet i vannet når den svømte forbi!

Sistertex said...

A beautiful photo, great color. Did you do this looking down into the water, or were you in the water with a under water camera? Great shot!

Marie Reed said...

Eeeek! Don't sting me! What a lovely jelly belly!

Babooshka said...

Jellyfish di give me the jitters. So fragile yet can be so deadly. Beautiful image though.

Dagrun said...

Wow, det ser ut som en ufo. Tøft.

José Ramón said...

A very interesting blog.

Greetings from creativity and imagination photos of Jose Ramon

Rinkly Rimes said...

I read a terrifying article the other day, about how jellyfish are taking over the oceans and growing to an enormous size! Yuk! But your photo's lovely.

Viola said...

Hvilket herlig bilde, flotte farger!! Hvordan fikk du til det der.. Måtte du dykke dypt? ;)

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

When I see things like this and read about them in the newspaper I am glad I don't live by the sea.

Hildred and Charles said...

Verry interesting, and a great photo. Thanks.

lynnwiles said...

Great shot, RuneE. I have been stung by a jellyfish before and it's not fun, but I survived and still admire their beauty from afar.

James said...

Amazing creatures.

Jama said...

Great photo! but I rather stay away from them.

magiceye said...

a stingingly beautiful picture!!

Anne said...

Noe så fantastisk flott Rune.
For noen farger i den brennmaneten, for det er vel det det er vel?? en brennmanet når den har slike farger. Uansett et helt fabelaktig bilde!!

Lara said...

what a photo! superb!

Paula Scott said...

As much as their sting hurts, I do love the way they look and admire them.

Malyss said...

Though I've already been suffering from close encounters with them, I'm still keeping being fascinated by them.But I prefer to admire them in an aquarium..

Kate said...

This is a beautiful, etheral photograph!

Dina said...

So nice to see your version on the screen, but not real ones on the beach or in the sea.
Every summer there are periods when Israel's Med beaches are infested with medusas.

Jay said...

It's a smashing photo, but ... normally I find jellyfish quite beautiful, but that one looks as if it belongs inside a large animal and was never meant to be seen outside of one! Organic, in the anatomical sense of the word! LOL!

Dina said...

Wow, I should consult you BEFORE my ABC Wednesdays.
Actually, people jump for joy only AFTER they find their baggage and get through the green customs line.
Whenever the automatic door slides open to let a few out into the arrivals hall, I peek through, into the other world, the coveted world of the traveler.

Rose said...

Fantastic photo, RuneE! "Medusa" seems an apt name for these creatures.

Nydia said...

How beautiful it is... at least if it didn't sting!

I'm back to ABC! :o)

Kisses from Nydia.

Q said...

The Jellies are incredible.
Great photograph!
Sherry

PERBS said...

Interesting shot but am wondering how you took this photo or where.

Ida said...

Den var STOR!
Flott fotografert.
I tillegg til maneten selv,
liker jeg strukturen på vannoverflaten her
- og boblene. :)

Lew said...

Great shot! Were you close enough to reach out and touch it? I did have had a upclose and personal encounter with them a long time ago.

Gretchen said...

What a cool photo!

Grace and Bradley said...

To see them swimming in the ocean was the most amazing sight. We visited the jellyfish lake in Palau with million of jellyfish, luckily, they do not sting.

Tumblewords: said...

Wow! This photo is superb! I've seen jellyfish in the ocean but that was long before I found a point and shoot camera! Lucky I am, to find your blog and wonderful photos!