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Stranded Unusual Blue Jellyfish Discovered Near Newquay, Cornwall

Jun 21, 2013 12:53 IST

The Jellyfish which usually has its habitat in the colder waters was discovered stranded near the Newquay, Cornwall. A group of from the Manor House Activity Centre in St Issey discovered an usual blue jellyfish.

This blue jellyfish, which was found at the Trevone Bay near Newquay, Cornwall was given to Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay. The authorities from the Blue Reef Aquarium explained that in the month of May and June 2013, several washing up took place, but discovery of the blue jellyfish is the first live specimen.

Fully grown specimen of this can reach up to 15 centimetres in diameter. This blue jellyfish has one metre long stinging tentacles which are used by it for catching the prey.

It is important to note that there are over 200 known species of the jellyfish. Blue jellyfish can be found mainly in western Pacific around Japan as well as off the west coast of Scotland.

About the blue jellyfish

• Blue jellyfish is also called Cyanea lamarckii or Bluefire jellyfish.
• It is the species of jellyfish and belongs to the family of Cyaneidae.
• Populations of blue jellyfish in western Pacific around Japan are at times also referred to as Cyanea nozakii or Cyanea capillata nozakii.
• Cyanea lamarckii has features such as yellow or blue tone.
• It can grow to around 10 to 20 cm, but its specimen can grow to 30 cm.
• In the Scandinavian seas, the blue jellyfish can rarely grow larger than 15 cm.
• This species has a lot of stinging tentacles.

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