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Jellyfish mesoglea

Mesoglea

Description:

These were all over the sand, I am wondering if they are Jelly fish? I did not see them last year after the Gulf oil spill,

Habitat:

Gulf of Mexico

Notes:

It was low tide and there were many tidal pools.

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Jellyfish mesoglea
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4 Comments

p.young713
p.young713 9 years ago

Thank You for the ID, KristenGilpin!!
I put another photo in of the Jelly fish, I am holding it and it had a thin tail, similar to a root? These Jelly fish have puzzled me for years, when I did not see them last year, I wondered about them, but they are back. Auntnance, I have never seen them in the river areas,If it is a egg mass I wonder of what? I also saw a very odd thing at this location, a sea snake yesterday in the gulf but the photo is very blurry, I may put it on for the heck of it! Nature is full of surprises!

auntnance123
auntnance123 9 years ago

Notice in your fourth photo that this mass appears to be attached to the sand n that hole to the left. And in the upper right is a tiny drill. I have seen the same or similar jelly here in the river with drills on them and the drills siphons inserted in the mass. I suspect that it may be an egg mass of some sort.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

A new one for me. I have never seen this, but I am not at the Beach that much. Almost like a footprint for Jellyfish

KristenGilpin
KristenGilpin 9 years ago

Mesoglea is the inside gel-like portion of a jelly. Once a jelly dies it get pounded by the surf which can remove tentacles and other external features leaving just the inside. Mesoglea can wash up onshore.

More pics here: http://www.beachhunter.net/thingstoknow/...

p.young713
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p.young713

Florida, USA

Spotted on Oct 5, 2011
Submitted on Oct 6, 2011

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