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Black Sea Nettle

Black Sea Nettle
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-21
Categories: Cnidarians
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 2, Jellies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-19 10:35
Viewed: 6571
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Chrysaora achlyos

The black sea nettle is considered a giant jelly; its distinctive purplish bell can reach over three feet (91 cm) in diameter; its lacy, pinkish oral-arms can reach nearly 20 feet (6 m) in length and its stinging tentacles 25 feet (7.6 m) or more. It probably lives in deeper, calmer waters but has appeared in large blooms in coastal areas off Southern California, most recently in 1999.

Species Information:
Diet: plankton and other jellies
Size: to 3 feet (1 m) and oral arms extending to 20 feet (6 m)
Range: Mexico, southern Baja California to Monterey Bay
Relatives: Portuguese man-of-war, other jellies, sea anemones, coral; Family: Pelagiidae

Conservation Notes:
Giant black sea nettles appeared in droves along the San Diego shoreline in the summer of 1989. Then they mysteriously disappeared. The giant drifters reappeared again ten years later, in the summer of 1999. Increased numbers of sea nettles may be an indication that human activities have changed the condition of the ocean. Increased organic material means more nutrients. More nutrients, plus fertilizers from farms, enrich the plankton, providing more food for jellies and allowing them to increase in number.
Cool Facts The black sea nettle provides the Pacific butterfish with food and protection. The silvery butterfish feeds on the plankton gathered by the jelly, and when danger approaches, the butterfish actually hides inside the jelly’s bell.

The black sea nettle is a mysterious creature; during most years its whereabouts are unknown. Scientists just recently named this jelly in 1997, although pictures of the species were taken as early as 1926. Much about its behavior, distribution and life cycle remain a puzzle.

This picture was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-03-19 10:46]

Hello Manyee,
Very nice composition with great colors. I liked the lighting too.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-19 11:27]

Hi Manyee

Lovely contrst between the deep blue and orange - makes the shot. TFS

I am always so amazed at the intensity of the color in these jelly shots. It is interesting that this intense orange jelly it is a BLACK sea nettle which your note describes as being purplish! Light does amazing and strange things. : ) I really like the contrast, sharpness and the diagonal dive of this jelly.


Hi manyee,

A lovely capture with good details , like the composition in this.

Tfs this beauty.


Hello Manyee,
this is a very nice picture from a Jelly fish.
Wonderful colours, great lighting and sharpness. As usual an excellent note too. This is a great composition. Thank you my friend.

Very nice shot and colors, good composition too.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-19 19:51]

Hello Manyee,
Great capture with nice contrast and lovely color, thanks for sharing.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-19 21:27]

Hello Manyee,

This jellyfish is simply stinging my eyes with colours!!! :-) Looks like a furious fireball going down from the sky.
Excellent simple composition and colours!
Best greetings my friend!!!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-19 21:56]

Hola Manyee.- WOW. Que hermosa fotografia, lindos colores y con un fondo exelente.
Muy fino trabajo.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-03-20 2:24]

Hello Manyee,
You are the master for jellyfish.
The "+++++" : subject, composition in diagonal, sharpness, DOF, blue BG, colors, exposure...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

Hello Manyee!
I would be able to write a lot of nice words about this photo, but I will not do that. Why? The reason is very simple: this picture is simple fantastic :)
TFS and best greetings!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-21 4:49]

Hello Manyee,
Very good work ! impressive colors and composition ! Thanks for sharing.

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-03-22 17:38]

Great flaming colour combination with nice composition.TFS

This is really cool Manyee and it has a very nice appeal to it with the nice blue background. I wouldn't want to be swimming around this especially with 25ft stingers. :)

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