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Red-eye Medusa

Polyorchis penicillatus

Description:

A common jelly I find around Kodiak. They have long tentacles, red eyes, and is almost entirely transparent.

Habitat:

Harbor where many commercial and charter fishing boats dock


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5 Comments

Tukup
Tukup 6 months ago

Thanks Machi. In the article it was unclear if he was referencing only box-jellies or not. Several of the statements seem to include all jellies. I appreciate the info. Again, cool spotting.

Machi
Machi 6 months ago

Tukup, in the case of this species, they have ocelli, or eyespots/light-sensitive spots. I am not sure if they are as sophisticated as box jellyfish though.

Tukup
Tukup 6 months ago

Thanks Mark. I normally test them to see but obviously didn't this time. I'll try it again. https://www.livescience.com/7243-jellyfi...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 months ago

Hi Dwain - your link below got truncated I think. Might need spaces around it or something.

Tukup
Tukup 6 months ago


Tukup
Tukup
just now
I didn't know jellyfish have eyes, so I asked Google. NOAA ocean explorer said, " jellyfish has no ears or eyes or nose and no brain or heart! They do not even have a head. Hmmm. I was confused (a common state of mind for me) as you normally know what you're talking about. So I went further and found they do indeed have eyes https://www.livescience.com/7243-jell... Thanks Machi. Your spottings are always interesting.

Machi
Spotted by
Machi

Kodiak, Alaska, USA

Lat: 57.78, Long: -152.41

Spotted on Sep 4, 2019
Submitted on Sep 29, 2019

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