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Lion's mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata)

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Lion's mane jellyfish in klep

Lion's mane jellyfish

Sognefjord, Norway
Lion's mane jellyfish in open water

Lion's mane jellyfish

Sognefjord, Norway
Lion's mane jellyfish in open water

Lion's mane jellyfish

Sognefjord, Norway

Largest know species of jellyfish, the diameter of the bell can exceed 2 meters with length of the tentacles reaching almost 40 meters. Commonly found individuals are much smaller.

Its range is limited to Arctic, northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Lion's mane jellyfish is rarely encountered below 42°N latitude. Usually found up to 20 meters depth.

Feeds on zooplankton, small fish, ctenophores and moon jellyfish.

Coloration changes with size - larger specimens are crimson to dark purple, smaller ones - orange or tan.

Stings are painful, but are not know to be fatal in normal circumstaces.

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