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Black Sea Nettles

Black Sea Nettles
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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
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/8 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Jellies, under and above the seas and lakes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-26 3:38
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 40
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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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Hi Manyee what a magnificent photo.
I like the colors very well.
TFS, Jan-Arie

Hi Manyee
What a beautiful colours!Great shot.TFS

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  • koray (40)
  • [2006-10-26 4:51]

what a illusionic picture. wonder. how is made it?

Hi Manyee.....

What a beautiful image you've got here....!!
Wow...it's just fantastic, the combination of POV with lighting and the blue BG is just perfect! TFS! Bravo....


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-26 6:09]
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Hi Manyee,

Great picture with very nice color combinations,well done with this kind of shutterspeed,suppose you used tripod,

well done and TFS


very beatiful and sharp

This is atruely beautiful shot Manyee.
Composition is outstanding. Colours and contrast is great.
For 1/8 sec, this is very sharp and noise-free.
I love it, excellent work.

Hi Manyee,
A spectacular shot! Excellent composition and POV. It is a very balanced shot. Good sharpness, exposure and colour. Great work!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-26 9:16]

Impactante imagen Manyee con intensos y saturados colores, muy buena iluminación y excelente DOF y POV.
Una atipica presentación de gran calidad.
Gracias y hasta la próxima.

Imposing image Manyee with intense and saturated colors, very good illumination and excellent DOF and POV.
An atypical presentation of great quality.
Thank you and until the next one.

Hi Manyee,
wow - they seem to glow by themselves.
Wonderful creatures in the see - and the colours are so brilliant. I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

WOW - the color contrasts on this are AMAZING. Monterey Bay Aquarium must have done very well with their upgrades and remodelling; you cannot even tell that this was taken through glass! Very good shot!

Whoa! That almost hurts the old eyes! Your crop along with that great curve on the tentacles give this a very dynamic composition. It's quite dramatic.


Evelynn : )

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-10-27 13:05]

Hi Manyee!
I like this jelly fish capture. It is from a very good angle and no reflections whatsoever from the Aquarium. To be honest, I was startled at first to read that such a big jelly fish is called Black Sea (my country is bordering Black sea, which is a common sea among Bulgaria, Rumania, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey... I was greatly relaxed when I understood that it has nothing to do with our Black sea...

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  • fryz Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 2 N: 3] (120)
  • [2006-10-27 14:45]

de très belles couleurs!!!
un petit 180° pour l'équilibre ;)
a+ Manyee

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-27 20:06]

Hello Manyee,
Very cool shot! Amazingly saturated colours, no noise (often in underwater shots) and excellent exposition.
Best greetings and thanks for teaching me new things with the note :-)
Best greetings,

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-10-29 2:34]

Hi Manyee, this looks more like an art picture. Very clear colours, the light gives it a nice touch. I always find it difficult to take a picture through glass, maybe you have some suggestion. Reina

Hi Manyee,
It's a beautiful image you have got here.
Colors, POV and composition are magnificent.

good work

Hi Manyee what a nice photo.
I like the colors.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-15 18:46]

I love the contrast of the orange and blue - stunning.

Dear Manyee,
Thanks so much for this incredible post and interesting notes. I add your work to my new theme "under and above the seas".
I am stunned by the beauty of this mysterious species.
Your photographic technique is perfect and your artistic flair concerning layout and colours impressive.

Thanks for sharing,
Have a happy week
Wam greetings from South Africa

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