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Gah!

Remember back when I was getting worried about jellyfish getting to the size of dinner plates?...


Now they're the size of car tires(!!!!!!)

Giant Jellies

I have absolutely no clue what kind of jellyfish these are or where they come from, but they're washing up all over Moonee Beach of late.

Giant Jellies

I have never seen anything like this in my going-on two years of living here permanently.
Makes even me feel a little bit squemish about jumping into the water...

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kanawinkie
Apr. 19th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
I know.. I -kind- of take back not wanting to get into the water, I bet they look rather amazing swimming... I just wouldn't want to get in their path!
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kanawinkie
Apr. 19th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
That certainly looks like them! Hehehe, "Jelly Blubber" is a GREAT name too! They don't -look- harmful, but then again I haven't been brave enough to touch one yet.
I've heard of the giant jellies up in Japan, but I had no idea they came down to Australia, and are even considered common! But yeah.. these guys are -definitely- larger then 35 cm. In fact so far I'm not sure I've seen one smaller then 35 cm, at least not washed up on the beach.

Hmm! Wiki seems to think they're edible...
pseudomanitou
Apr. 19th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
That's certainly an ecological warning sign of something, but I don't know what...
kanawinkie
Apr. 19th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
I've read lots of articles that suggest warmer waters will mean we'll be seeing a lot more jellyfish in the waters, but no one told me about giant ones!
I've heard about the giant jellyfish they get off Japan's shores, but I didn't think they'd be down in our waters... Shadow_5tails above linked to a wiki article of what they most likely are, which ARE common to Australian waters, but don't seem to suggest they get quite this big.

It's a bit of a mystery!
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