Fast Facts: Moon Jelly

  • Is common and sometimes extremely abundant;
  • Has a transparent jelly-like bell with four horseshoe-shaped reproductive organs that surround a square mouth;
  • A feeding tentacle hangs down from each corner of the mouth;
  • It’s tentacles are equipped with stinging cells (nematocysts) to capture small prey that are dragged inward towards the mouth;
  • The outer edge of it’s bell also has tentacles, as well as eight special sensory organs that tell the jellyfish where it is in the water column;
  • Lives in oceans, coastal waters and estuaries;
  • Found throughout Australia;
  • Are often washed up on beaches, due to the currents; and
  • Turtles love to eat them.

Reference: australian.museum

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