Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jellyfish-eating Jellyfish: The Awesome Stinging Cauliflower

If you want to start a jellyfish fishery, Bocas del Toro is the place to do it. During the fall the inshore lagoons were literally infested with moon jellies – no stinging, but loads of biomass – and small jellyfish that did sting. A couple of weeks after the invasion we noticed a new jellyfish – huge (basket-sized) and golden and fuzzy. The stinging cauliflower jellyfish actually eats moon jellies. Over in Tierra Oscura, we actually saw a stinging cauliflower trailed by dozens of moon jellies caught on long tentacles. Unfortunately, it had floated by before I could get my camera. Here's a picture of the mass of jellies beside Mr Mac, and this was just the start of the influx!

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