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Crowned Jellyfish

Cephea cephea


This species of jellyfish is distinctive for the "crown" that it has above its bell. (To me it looked like a brain.) It's also known as Cauliflower Jellyfish because its eight curly-looking oral arms resemble cauliflower heads.


Most of the time, this species is oceanic, but has been known to drift inshore (as in the case of this spotting). According to EOL, it is "broadly distributed in waters from the mid-Pacific through the Indo-Pacific to the Red Sea, and in the Atlantic off West Africa."


Spotted this graceful jellyfish in about 15m of water at the Angel's Cove dive site, Talikud Island, Philippines. It was slowly swimming towards the surface. It measured about half a meter in diameter and about a meter or so in length.

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53 Comments (1–25)

TaylorClarke3 8 years ago


Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago

very cool!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Congratulations Blogie!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Congratulations, Blogie! Astounding creature.

My favorite Jelleyfish spotting! Congratulations Blogie!

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Congratulations Blogie, well done

Congrats Blogie !

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Oh yes Congratulations again my friend :):)

KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Blogie! This stunning series has been chosen as a runner up in the Best of 2012, Other category.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Hi maggie3 - jellyfish don't have brains. It must be something else.

Jellyfishnebula 8 years ago

I looked at your website so awesome!

Jellyfishnebula 8 years ago

That is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blogie 8 years ago

I was really lucky to have seen it, Gerardo. It was at the very beginning of my dive, just under the boat. :)

Thanks for your compliments, guys!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Wow Wow Wow this are the best photos from a Nomura´s i have ever seen! Extraordinary Congratulations my friend well deserve :):)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

incredible brother-man! congrats :)

Jellyfishnebula 8 years ago

So beautiful I cried for a second!!!!

namitha 8 years ago

Amazing series spotting Blogie. Congratulations.

LauraMaria 8 years ago

Wow, Blogie, this is awesome!! Jellyfish are so diverse, this one is a beauty! The video is so cool, it's surprising how strongly it can swim against the current. What an awesome spotting!

Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks guys!

@Marta - Oh you will love the dive sites in the Visayas! I hope you take lots of underwater photos for Project Noah! :)

LarsKorb 8 years ago

Congrats Blogie - awesome series!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Amazing! I am just today heading to Visayas. I hope to see as many nice things as you are showing to us :-)

ceherzog 8 years ago

Wow! Wonderful Blogie! and...I appreciate the video.

Blogie 8 years ago

Again, thank you! You all inspire me to photograph more underwater critters for the sake of knowledge. :)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Efforts are honored... Congrats Bloggie for taking efforts on spotting and presenting such amazing underwater Organisms.

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Congratulations Blogie!

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 16, 2012
Submitted on Sep 17, 2012

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