Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NATURE NOTES



"Who wants my jellyfish?
I'm not sellyfish!"

~Ogden Nash~



I saw it floating in low tide at one of the many beaches we visited while in Florida last January.  We were making our way from Destin to Perry that day.  Gregg spotted it.  He is very good at finding things for me to photograph.  His eyes are much better than mine.  I was more focused on the sandpiper fishing nearby and I'm glad I was able to take a couple of photos of this interesting creature.  

I found some fascinating facts about jellyfish here, such as:

Did you know....

....some jellyfish are bigger than a human and others are as small as a pinhead?

....people in some countries eat jellyfish?

....that jellyfish have been on Earth for millions of years, even before dinosaurs?

....jellyfish have no brains but some kinds have eyes?

....jellyfish are mainly made up of water and protein?

....a group of jellyfish is called a smack? 

Well, now you know!

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28 comments:

William Kendall said...

They are a peculiar critter...so different from us.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots of the jellyfish!

Jana Last said...

Great photos and interesting facts about jellyfish!

Elephant's Child said...

I suspect that someone, somewhere eats everything. Jellyfish? I am Not tempted.
Though I am always fascinated to see them - and give them a wide berth. Too many of them come equipped with stingers.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I like your photos - at first I didn't know what I was looking at. I thought maybe frog eggs! Interesting facts about jellyfish, too. They are so beautiful floating in the ocean, but I am not sure I could eat one....I saw some blue jellyfish when I was in Florida once. Thank you for your nice visit to my blog. xo Karen

Weekend-Windup said...

WOW! Love your picture! Nice to read about jelly fish and happy to know many things about it!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Denise Fantastic find, fantastic shot and fantastic information.

Valerie said...

Yes, Denise, now I know. This is the first time I have seen even a picture of jelly fish. I had heard of the pain endured if stepping on one bare-footed but that's all. Your blog is always so enlightening. Thank you.

Carole M. said...

well that has to be my 'learn something new everyday' ... a smack of jellyfish! Will I remember that though when I need to?

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

There's always something to learn when blog reading, Denise, so thanks for the facts about jellyfish. Personally, I would not want to try eating any, even with peanut butter.

Indrani said...

You can add one more use to the list: jelly fish may be used for making eco friendly diapers.
Read it in papers.

Great pics.

Tanya Breese said...

wow, i didn't know they'd been around that long...i remember in jamaica once and we went out on a boat to snorkel and where he told us to get out, there were tons of jellyfish...he said it was ok because they were so small (i think that was why) and we swam with the jellys!

TexWisGirl said...

a smack of jellyfish, eh? thanks for the lesson. :)

Sandra said...

i did not know any of this info about the jelly fish. the only thing i knew and still know is when they are in the water at the beach i stay out of the water. sometimes we have hundreds of them, and the gulf is thick with them. the other thing i know is your photo is really stunning of this one and makes it look beautiful... during the time of year they are here, there are many stung by them... thanks for the info

Debbie said...

great image, but i don't like them. i have spent many a day swimming with them at the jersey shore...ick!! and they do bite!!

Marie said...

That was fascinating! I had no idea about some of these facts about them. We used to see Man O War on the beach when I was a child in Midway Island. Wish I'd been a shutterbug then! :-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Nice jellies! The Oregon Coast Aquarium had a lovely display of them a couple summers ago and I did learn most of that stuff, but not the group name for them! A smack. I love that.

Thanks for sharing!

Gail Dixon said...

Fascinating creatures! Your husband sounds like mine, finding things to fill the memory card. :) My eyes are just terrible and I would have probably missed this interesting creature, too.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, amazing photos and facts.. Thanks for sharing, have a great evening!

fredamans said...

Looks like a baby to me. Those ones don't sting. :-)

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Hi Denise. I thought I left a comment earlier, but maybe not. My daughter was stung ny a jellyfish when she was sepia, since I have a negative opinion of them. Nice photos,however.

Mama Zen said...

That is so cool!

mick said...

Great photos of the Jellyfish - I never find them easy to photograph but you have done a beautiful job!

EG CameraGirl said...

I don't think I have ever seen a jellyfish before!

Jeanne said...

Very interesting! The photos are very well done.

SeagullSuzie said...

We see some along the coast here in Devon, but I never knew those facts...thank you.

Rambling Woods said...

No... Now I know more about jelly fish..... Michelle

Kathie Brown said...

This is one I tried to comment on the other day but couldn't. Cool picture and lots of good info here! I love Ogden Nash!