Moon Jelly Tom Bridge

Moon Jelly

Aurelia aurita

They have a transparent mushroom-shaped bell. Its reproductive organs form a conspicuous clover-like shape when viewed from above. Numerous fine thread-like tentacles hang from beneath the edge of the bell.

The moon jelly is a favourite food of marine turtles.

Size

Up to 40 cm (bell diameter).

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What to Observe

Search area for 30 minutes and record the following:

  • Abundant: found easily with little searching

  • Frequent: found with minimal searching

  • Rare: only 1 or 2 individuals found with intensive searching

  • Not found: not present during search

Climate Adaptations

Changing ocean currents and productivity, as a result of climate change, may lead to an increase in jelly fish abundance (which may result in detrimental impacts on fishing and coastal industries). In other locations, a change in conditions may result in a reduction of jelly fish numbers.

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When and Where

When To Look

  • Throughout the year

Where To Look

  • Found throughout most of the world's oceans
  • In estuaries and harbours
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What Else?

Similar Species

The Spotted Jelly (Phyllorhiza punctate) is similar in size, shape and transparency but can be distinguished by the presence of many small spots in its bell.