Sea jelly

Cnidaria – Scyphozoa

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Sometimes referred to as jellyfish, the sea jelly is not a fish at all as it lacks vertebrae. Sea jellies have a bowl or bell-shaped body, fringed with tentacles and oral arms. Largely at the mercy of the oceans currents, sea jellies drift in the oceans, feeding on plankton and small fish. There are many different kinds of sea jellies; some more common ones include the moon jelly and spotted jelly.

Did you know?

Sea jellies have specialised stinging cells called nematocysts that aid in defence and the capture of prey.