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Jelly Blubber

Catostylus mosaicus

Notes:

There were thousands of these jellyfish in the waters off Poverty Point camping area in the Great Sandy National Park. The coolest thing was that they had attracted several large green sea turtles to feed. My husband and I headed out in our flimsy inflatable kayak hoping to see a turtle up close (I was irrationally terrified by the whole situation, being a born-and-bred inlander) but they were all surfacing a long distance away from us. Then suddenly this huge turtle popped up right next to our boat with a massive noise like a whale blowing air from its blowhole. I completely froze up!!! The turtle saw us, freaked out, and dived... and I missed my chance for a shot, I just sat there gaping!!

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7 Comments

ShannaB
ShannaB 7 years ago

Haha, thanks Lauren! I'm glad someone out there can commiserate. : )

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Great shot and story! I freeze up too when something incredible happens!!!

ShannaB
ShannaB 7 years ago

Thanks auntnance, I think you are right! : )

ShannaB
ShannaB 7 years ago

Thanks auntnance, I have no idea where to look for an ID on this jellyfish. Alice, it's a bit of a 'one that got away' story! ; )

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Love your story! good pictures.

auntnance123
auntnance123 7 years ago

It has the general appearance of a cannonball jelly, but I'm at a loss as to species.

ShannaB
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ShannaB

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Feb 2, 2013
Submitted on Feb 13, 2013

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