Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jellyfish

These jellyfish were photographed in 2006 at SeaWorld in Florida. It is a large, translucent jelly–mesmorizing as it undulates through the aquarium. The scientific name of the moon jellyfish is Aurelia aurita, which is funny, as aurelia means “golden” and aurita has to do with “ears” or “hearing.” This jelly is not golden and definitely has no ears. Things I didn’t know about moon jellyfish: the bell is called a “medusa” (presumably because its many tentacles reminds people of the Greek monster); they are carnivorous; and the moon jelly reproduces sexually (in fact, those light horseshoe shaped organs are gonads).