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!
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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.
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The deadly box jellyfish is the only jellyfish that can see.
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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.
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Small fish find a home among the tentacles of large jellyfish.
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A jellyfish commonly seen in the Mediterranean.
Sorry, have no idea which one this is - just loved its color.
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A lot of the species are bioluminescent.
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This one lives in Berlin Zoo, Germany.
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They're so beautiful but terrifying at the same time.
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Not much is known about these deep-water jellyfish, which have been found off the coast of Antarctica and Alaska.
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Photographed in Chetumal Bay, Mexico.
And this one was shot in Monterey, although the photographer admits to photoshopping the colors to make them darker and stand out.
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Cannonballs are prominent from North America’s eastern seaboard all the way to Brazil.
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How incredible is this?
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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
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They look just like fireworks.
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A species of deep sea-dwelling crown jellyfish.
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The lake is packed to the gills with two different species of jellyfish - the golden jellyfish and moon jellyfish.
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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.
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A deep water jellyfish, normally living at depths of 200-2500 meters.
Photographed at Quays site, Ras Mohamed Park, Egypt.
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Also known as the Barrel jellyfish, or the Dustbin-lid jellyfish. It is the largest jellyfish found in British waters.
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Such an incredible color.
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The most commonly encountered jellyfish along the Australian eastern coast.
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The flower hat jelly is a rare species of jellyfish occurring primarily in waters off Brazil, Argentina, and southern Japan.
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You can see amazing jellyfish in aquariums - like this on at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, California.
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Also called the Australian Spotted Jellyfish, these are native to the Pacific Southwest waters.
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Moon Jellyfish sure do look incredible when they congregate.
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I know we've seen white-spotted jellyfish but this photo is too good to pass.
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This shot won the title of Best Picture in the British Nature Awards 2011.
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Don't you just love this color?
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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.
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Well a jellyfish has to eat too!
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It looks like ruffles and lace.
Is this what a jellyfish would look like if Versace designed it?
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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.
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Is there any shape or color way jellyfish don't come in?
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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.
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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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