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stjohju t1_iv2z7lf wrote

Those tentacles can sting for up to two weeks after death or detachment.


PFLU32-HOOP_JONEZ t1_iv2op0b wrote

Yup it’s a Lion’s Mane jellyfish. I had to Google it the first time I saw one washed up on the shore on Whidbey Island.


coffeeandtrout t1_iv2ng9w wrote


__Quill__ t1_iv32h4t wrote

I never would have taken that red puddle of slime and connected it to this underwater chandelier of a creature. Thanks for the photo link.


Calm_Camp_910 t1_iv35nft wrote

From the article “ The largest recorded specimen was measured off the coast of Massachusetts in 1865 and had a bell with a diameter of 210 centimetres (7 feet) and tentacles around 36.6 m (120 ft) long.” Holy shit, can you imagine swimming along and seeing that below you???


WikiSummarizerBot t1_iv2nhw1 wrote

Lion's mane jellyfish

>The lion's mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata), also known as the giant jellyfish, arctic red jellyfish, or the hair jelly, is one of the largest known species of jellyfish. Its range is confined to cold, boreal waters of the Arctic, northern Atlantic, and northern Pacific Oceans. It is common in the English Channel, Irish Sea, North Sea, and in western Scandinavian waters south to Kattegat and Øresund. It may also drift into the southwestern part of the Baltic Sea (where it cannot breed due to the low salinity).

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n0rr15_r t1_iv31l3y wrote

Lions mane Jelly. I am a PNW SCUBA diver and have had the pleasure of one of its tentacles across the face. The tentacles can be like 15 feet long so you dont even see the jelly. Like a stinging nettle sensation, and only last for an hour maybe


atx_1989 t1_iv5u6eg wrote

Dont let Tiffany Smiley get ahold of this picture. She might claim it’s the aborted fetus of a fentanyl-smuggling immigrant.


Alarmed_Economics_90 t1_iv2mmqr wrote

I think it was a jellyfish. Maybe Thetys vagina. (Probably not, but it wanted to say that) some kind of salp though.. unless I'm wrong


StrawberryTuna_ OP t1_iv2nrrv wrote

Haha, I thought you were making something up. Never heard of those and was scared to Google but just did. Super neat. I’m very new to this region of the country and ocean life in general.


Alarmed_Economics_90 t1_iv2r8pr wrote

See, and I thought you meant lion's mane the fungus, and thought you didn't know much about fungus.

So anyways I'm an idiot. :)


nbwajdr t1_iv30myc wrote

I just saw another picture of one of those last week. It was found on the beach on the Olympic Peninsula. The pic was in the Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles).


Norwester77 t1_iv4i2zx wrote

Interesting. I was on Vashon last weekend, and there were moon jellies washed up all over the beach we were on. Don’t really remember seeing that before.


Opselite t1_iv4ism4 wrote

It’s a left. They also come in rights. Usually.


Acrotops t1_iv5lqmx wrote

Late September, there were tons of them out on that little beach that Priest Point park connects to. Glad to finally know what they are, thanks.


pee-in-butt t1_iv5uu53 wrote

Looks like a human hand to me


mseagull t1_iv6qgtj wrote

Had one floating around Henderson bay (south sound) this summer. It was about 18 inches in diameter. No thank you! Honestly we rarely see them back here


dvxvxs t1_iv6v7zl wrote

jelly belly


Kickstand8604 t1_iv70yrz wrote

I've seen the occasional one wash up in the nisqually wildlife area


Riyeko t1_iv6ro8v wrote

Why are you touching something that could potentially kill you?


StrawberryTuna_ OP t1_iv6ruhm wrote

It isn’t. My hand is hovering above. I was just trying to show the size comparison.


Shayden-Froida t1_ivh3zm8 wrote

We see these washed up often on south whidbey beach


RysloVerik t1_iv32fkn wrote

Yep and they're delicious