Anonymous Jellyfish
February 17, 2011 7:44 PM   Subscribe

Asking for a friend - can anyone tell me exactly what type of jellyfish this is?
posted by mannequito to Science & Nature (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I suspect that it's the blue blubber jellyfish.
posted by qxrt at 7:58 PM on February 17, 2011

Someone who's actually a jellyfish-ologist or marine biologist might come by and give you a definitive answer, though, so take my guess with a grain of salt.
posted by qxrt at 8:06 PM on February 17, 2011

Another pic of a blue blubber jellyfish. And more pics at the wikipedia article itself. Where'd your friend find it?
posted by Ahab at 9:14 PM on February 17, 2011

I don't think she could even remember where she found it. As far as I know, she just grabbed some random jellyfish photos off the web awhile back and did some paintings based off them; now she has a gallery show and was able to identify all the species' except this one.
posted by mannequito at 9:28 PM on February 17, 2011

If I had to guess it would be a Catostylus or something related.

The sad truth is that you are asking for a needle in a haystack. Jellys have a huge range of sizes and colors. They also undergo some huge changes when they develop, your jelly could look totally different in the guide books.
posted by Felex at 12:06 AM on February 18, 2011

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