You've probably seen at least a few of the pictures of exotic locales with some of the craziest, and sometimes dangerous jellyfish in the world. But this monstrous specimen was found in the English Channel of all places, off of the coast of Cornwall. Better still, the jellyfish appeared out of the murk on the last day of Wild Ocean Week, which was a day to promote local fish species and understanding of the species living all around them, as well as to raise money for the Marine Conservation Society.
I Dare You To Touch It
British biologist Lizzie Daly and ocean cinematographer Dan Abbot ran into the creature off the coast, and spent about an hour swimming with it. They both said it was the biggest jellyfish either of them had ever seen personally.
They are pretty incredible creatures, with no heart, brain, or respiratory system, and made up of about 90% water, jellyfish are elegant creatures that have a really bad reputation. Most are pretty harmless, though everyone assumes all jellyfish will sting. However, not all jellyfish were created equal.
That is One Massive Jellyfish
This thing would make Spongebob RICH. If he ever managed to catch it.
Close Encounters: Jellyfish Edition
If You Thought That Was Big, You Have to Check Out One of the Largest Ever
The Lion's Mane Jellyfish dwarfs this specimen hands down. The largest specimen on record had a dome that was 7 feet across, and tentacles that were over 124 feet long. Worse still, the lion's mane jellyfish is extremely dangerous and toxic, with a single sting enough to cause excruciating, debilitating pain, and in some cases, death. And if that wasn't bad enough, the jellyfish's stingers do not lose their potency, as one community in New Hampshire found out.
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