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moon jelly 300Moon jellies (Aurelia aurita) possess a short fringe of nematocysts (stinging cells) along the lower edge of their body. The sting of this jelly is relatively mild. The moon jelly moves up and down in the water column by pulsing its body, but it isn’t a strong enough swimmer to move against the current. Moon jellies often wash up on the beach after storms. The pinkish cloverleaf shaped organ visible at the center of the jelly’s bell make up its reproductive organs. Moon jellies range from Maine through the Caribbean, and can be seasonally abundant in Rookery Bay.

Width: up to 8"

 

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