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Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita)
Image taken: October 2008
Location: Canada
Uploaded by: Ekopuls
Aurelia aurita (also called the moon jelly, moon jellyfish, common jellyfish, or saucer jelly) is a widely studied species of the genus Aurelia. All species in the genus are closely related, and it is difficult to identify Aurelia medusae without genetic sampling; most of what follows applies equally to all species of the genus.

The medusa is translucent, usually about 25–40 cm in diameter, and can be recognized by its four horseshoe-shaped gonads, easily seen through the top of the bell. It feeds by collecting medusae, plankton and mollusks with its tentacles, and bringing them into its body for digestion. It is capable of only limited motion, and drifts with the current, even when swimming. source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurelia_aurita



Location:Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Photographer:JOEL SARTORE/National Geographic Stock
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