LLL is for Lovely Lilac jeLLyfish

lilacjellyJellyfish, or Jellies are free-swimming marine animals consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles. The bell can pulsate for locomotion, while stinging tentacles can be used to capture prey. We sometimes see them on the beach, where currents and tides have brought them to their death. This week there were many lilac jellies, not all as brightly coloured as this one.

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23 thoughts on “LLL is for Lovely Lilac jeLLyfish

    • we were quite impressed to see a few dozen spread along the beach, but were careful not to touch them, or let the waves touch us …. could be very irritating to the skin 🙂

  1. I love this shade of purple 🙂 I think your lilac gem is a Purple Stinger, sometimes known as the ‘purple people-eater’ 🙂 because it can deliver a nasty sting – the tentacles, mouth, arms and bell are covered in tiny dots, which are bundles of stinging cells that will leave a painful, itchy rash if you come into contact with them (Australian Museum webpage).

    • wow, thanks for the answer EllaDee …. I have to confess I had not tried to find it but so glad you did … we always presume jellies are stingers … one summer we hardly swam at all, the sea/beach was full of little stingers day after day … love the name Purple People Eater!

      • just followed your lead and read about them … sadly these are too big to be the same ones … the smallest was about 15cm across … I would love to see the little ones!

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