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By Neecey

Jellyfish are probably not the most favorite of marine creatures but they sure are fascinating and when you see some of these photos, you'll agree they're actually very beautiful too. We should have respect for them too because they have been around in our oceans for more than 700 million years, making them the oldest known multi-organ animal on Earth. They are a very diverse species too - ranging from the minuscule to the huge and come in an amazing range of shapes and colors. Hold my hand because we're diving into the world of jellyfish. No breathing apparatus necessary!

1 Jellyfish

Jellyfish Via Incredible photos of Jellyfish by ...
If you want to see an amazing collection of photos of jellyfish, check out Alexander Semenov. His work is absolutely s t u n n i n g.

2 Box Jellyfish

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The deadly box jellyfish is the only jellyfish that can see.

3 Lion's Mane Jellyfish

Lion's Mane Jellyfish Via Lions Mane Jelly
The largest known species of jellyfish. The largest recorded specimen was washed up in Massachusetts in 1870. It had a bell (body) with a diameter of 7 feet 6 inches and tentacles 120 feet long.

4 A Shelter for Fish

A Shelter for Fish Via Gabon Expedition: Oil Rigs Are ...
Small fish find a home among the tentacles of large jellyfish.

5 Mauve Stinger

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A jellyfish commonly seen in the Mediterranean.

6 A Pink One!

A Pink One! Via beneaththesea.org
Sorry, have no idea which one this is - just loved its color.

7 Bioluminescent and Fluorescent Jellyfish

Bioluminescent and Fluorescent Jellyfish Via Jellyfish, Both Bioluminescent and Fluorescent
A lot of the species are bioluminescent.

8 Spotted Dancing Jellyfish

Spotted Dancing Jellyfish Via In the deep dark Sea
This one lives in Berlin Zoo, Germany.

9 Tank of Jelly

Tank of Jelly Via Sea Jellies - Translucent
They're so beautiful but terrifying at the same time.

10 Botrynema

Botrynema Via 8 Beautiful Bioluminescent Creatures From ...
Not much is known about these deep-water jellyfish, which have been found off the coast of Antarctica and Alaska.

11 Cassiopea Xamachana

Cassiopea Xamachana Via Nature - Week 3 Gallery ...
Photographed in Chetumal Bay, Mexico.

12 Purple-Striped Jellyfish

Purple-Striped Jellyfish Via Jellyfish
And this one was shot in Monterey, although the photographer admits to photoshopping the colors to make them darker and stand out.

13 Cannonball Jellyfish

Cannonball Jellyfish Via 17 Most Beautiful Jellyfish Species ...
Cannonballs are prominent from North America’s eastern seaboard all the way to Brazil.

14 Tulip Jellyfish

Tulip Jellyfish Via Jellyfish by GIVEthemHORNS on DeviantArt
How incredible is this?

15 Black Sea Nettle

Black Sea Nettle Via Jellyfish Photos -- National Geographic
A species of jellyfish that can be found in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. It is a giant jellyfish, with its bell measuring up to 1 m (3 ft) in size, and its oral arms extending up to 6 m (20 ft) in length

16 Starburst Jellyfish

Starburst Jellyfish Via 35 Beautiful jellyfish in ocean ...
They look just like fireworks.

17 Atolla Wyvillei

Atolla Wyvillei Via Photo Uploader for Pinterest
A species of deep sea-dwelling crown jellyfish.

18 Jellyfish Lake in Palau

Jellyfish Lake in Palau Via Isotope - Oracle Fox
The lake is packed to the gills with two different species of jellyfish - the golden jellyfish and moon jellyfish.

19 Darth Vader

Darth Vader Via Jellyfish Print, Nature Print, Beach ...
Well it's not really Dart Vader - it's the Narcomedusae
Found in the Arctic, this is a fairly new discovered species with 4 tentacles and 12 stomach pouches. It swims holding out its poisoned tentacles in front, better to ambush prey.

20 Periphylla

Periphylla Via The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition ...
A deep water jellyfish, normally living at depths of 200-2500 meters.

21 Jellyfish

Jellyfish Via Yellyfish
Photographed at Quays site, Ras Mohamed Park, Egypt.

22 Rhizostoma Pulmo

Rhizostoma Pulmo Via Rhizostoma pulmo
Also known as the Barrel jellyfish, or the Dustbin-lid jellyfish. It is the largest jellyfish found in British waters.

23 Flame Jellyfish

Flame Jellyfish Via Yahoo - login
Such an incredible color.

24 Blue Blubber Jellyfish

Blue Blubber Jellyfish Via British Jellyfish
The most commonly encountered jellyfish along the Australian eastern coast.

25 Flower Hat Jellyfish

Flower Hat Jellyfish Via The Fashionista Flower Hat Jelly ...
The flower hat jelly is a rare species of jellyfish occurring primarily in waters off Brazil, Argentina, and southern Japan.

26 Bell Jellyfish

Bell Jellyfish Via Bell Jellyfish01 02-28-13
You can see amazing jellyfish in aquariums - like this on at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, California.

27 Spotted Jellyfish

Spotted Jellyfish Via deep blue sea
Also called the Australian Spotted Jellyfish, these are native to the Pacific Southwest waters.

28 Aurelia Aurita

Aurelia Aurita Via Elfo Cinzento
Moon Jellyfish sure do look incredible when they congregate.

29 Phyllorhiza Punctata

Phyllorhiza Punctata Via White-spotted Jellyfish swimming - Australian ...
I know we've seen white-spotted jellyfish but this photo is too good to pass.

30 "Scottish" Jellyfish

"Scottish" Jellyfish Via Best Wildlife Pictures: British Nature ...
This shot won the title of Best Picture in the British Nature Awards 2011.

31 Mauve Jellyfish

Mauve Jellyfish Via Fascinantes imágenes de medusas - ...
Don't you just love this color?

32 Portuguese Man O'War

Portuguese Man O'War Via Portuguese Man O' War (Physalia ...
Eek! This species and the smaller Indo-Pacific man o' war are responsible for up to 10,000 human stings in Australia each summer, particularly on the east coast, with some others occurring off the coasts of South and Western Australia.

33 A Lion's Mane Jellyfish Eating a Moon Jellyfish

A Lion's Mane Jellyfish Eating a Moon Jellyfish Via The monsters of the deep ...
Well a jellyfish has to eat too!

34 Desmonema Glaciale

Desmonema Glaciale Via gossamer gorgeous of the deep
It looks like ruffles and lace.

35 Jellyfish off Pearl & Hermes Atoll, Hawaii

Jellyfish off Pearl & Hermes Atoll, Hawaii Via oceanservice.noaa.gov
Is this what a jellyfish would look like if Versace designed it?

36 Fried Egg Jellyfish

Fried Egg Jellyfish Via World's Most Colorful and Unique ...
This type of jellyfish lives in the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean seas. It is also one of the few jellies that can locomote on its own, not just relying on current.

37 Periphylla

Periphylla Via History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, ...
Is there any shape or color way jellyfish don't come in?

38 Deep Water Jellyfish

Deep Water Jellyfish Via The Blue Oceans Wonder
One of the beautiful things about photos of jellyfish is that their wonderful shapes and colors really stand out against the dark background of deep ocean waters.

39 Inner Glow

Inner Glow Via In pictures: The world's best ...
This amazing specimen was photographed at Ningaloo Reef, Australia.

And here endeth the excursion into the world of jellyfish. Do tell us of your experiences with jellyfish if you've had any.

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