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Cannonball Jellyfish

Stomolophus meleagris

Description:

The cannonball jellyfish (Stomolophus meleagris), also known as the cabbage head jellyfish, is a species of jellyfish in the family Stomolophidae. Its common name derives from its similarity to a cannonball in shape and size. Its dome-shaped bell can reach 25 cm (10 inches) in diameter and the rim is sometimes colored with brown pigment. Underneath of the body is a cluster of oral arms that extend out around the mouth. These arms function as a way of propulsion and aid in catching prey. Cannonballs are prominent from North America's eastern seaboard all the way to Brazil, but are also found in parts of the Pacific.

Notes:

Dozens of these washed up on beach, never seen so many at same place

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1 Comment

auntnance123
auntnance123 6 years ago

Possibly cannonball jellies?

James McNair
Spotted by
James McNair

Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 8, 2014
Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

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