Lion's Mane Jellyfish

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Lion’s Mane Jellyfish


(Cyanea capillata), a large marine jellyfish of the class Scyphozoa. The margin of the umbrella, or bell, has eight double lobes, and the tentacles are gathered into eight bundles. The coloration is usually very bright: the umbrella is yellowish red, the mouth lobes are raspberry, and the tentacles are pink. The diameter of the umbrella varies from a few centimeters to 2 m; the tentacles, when extended, may reach a length of 40 m. The tentacles bear a large number of stinging cells, or nematocysts, which are used for both offensive and defensive purposes. The fry of haddock and other gadoid fishes often swim between the tentacles for protection from predators. The lion’s mane jellyfish is distributed in the northern parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as in seas of the Arctic Ocean.

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CREATURES OF THE DEEP Lion's mane jellyfish in South Dublin yesterday
Certainly on the northwest coast - Liverpool bay up to Blackpool - and the north coast of Wales, there have a raft of sightings Lion's Mane jellyfish.
The charity warned that lion's mane jellyfish have a powerful sting and anyone taking part in the survey should look but not touch.
Creatures of the Deep, by Erich Hoyt, Firefly Books, 2001: From the eyeless marine spider to the lion's mane jellyfish, the sea is full of surprising life.
l Last week, swarms of Lion's Mane jellyfish were spotted off the west coast of England.
Newcastle University marine biologist Catherine Scott identified the Embleton "biggy" as a Lion's Mane jellyfish.
Yesterday, at home in Leeds, council worker Brian relived the encounter with a shoal of Lion's Mane jellyfish off Ailsa Craig on the Firth of Clyde as he dived for treasure with seven pals.
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Irish Water Safety chief John Leech told the Irish Daily Mirror the jellyfish would either have been a Portuguese man o'war or a lion's mane jellyfish.
With the recent hot weather increasing sightings of moon, compass, blue and lion's mane jellyfish, the chances of bathers having a painful encounter with the floating creatures are increasing.
We were warned about the lion's mane jellyfish but there are hundreds and it's frightening when they are right there sitting in front of you.