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Marine Wildlife  Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jellyfish - Photo  Copyright 2002 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Find out more about marine wildlife with this terrific field guide - click here

Latin name: Aurelia aurita

Size: Up to 40cms in diameter.

Distribution: Found around most of the UK coast.

Months seen: All year round.

Food: Plankton and small fish.

Habitat: Usually seen in bays and estuaries from April to September when they congregate to breed.

Special features: The dish-shaped top, known as the exumbrellar, features four violet coloured crescent or moon shapes. Hence the name. The mouth is underneath at the end of a short tube.

Although they often cause alarm to holidaymakers, this species of jellyfish is quite harmless as their sting cannot penetrate human skin.

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