Life of Sea | Lion's Mane Jellyfish(Cyanea capillata) | Lion's Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. Giant Jellyfish or Winter Jellyfish are other name of this creature. The rangeis limited tothe cold, borealwaters of the Arctic, North AtlanticandNorth PacificOcean, butrarelyfoundfarther souththan42 °north latitude. Similarjellyfish, which can bethe same speciesknown toinhabitwatersnearAustralia andNewZealand. Findthem aliveor deepbelow theoceansurfaceor just below thesurface of theocean water.
Species: C. capillata
Thisjellyfishhasabigbell withabroadflattop. Ithas manyarms,withtentaclesin eightclustersofeightprimarylobes. Color andsizevary, depending on the area. It can bepink, yellow andorange-brown, or darkbrown andred.TheLion'smanejellyfish cangrow toa size ofmorethantwo metersin diameter.They have a powerfulstingandwillreelin theirprey withtheirstickytentacles. The jellyfisharemainlyfeed onzooplankton,small fish, ctenophores,andthe moonjelly. Predators oftheLion's manejellyfishinseabirds, larger fish, otherspecies of jellyfish,and turtles.
Lion's mane jellyfish usually very close to the surface stay by more than 20 m depth, their slow pulsations weakly driving them forwards, they depend on ocean currents, which travel great distances jelly. Lion's mane jellyfish are often spotted during the late summer and autumn, when they have become a big size and movements to sweep them closer to the coast. Lion's mane jellyfish can stabbing. Therefore, you avoid the lion mane jellyfish if possible and especially during the peak of their population in encounters the late summer and autumn. Like other jellyfish, Lion's mane jellyfish are capable of both sexual reproduction in the medusa stage and asexual reproduction in the polyp stage. Lion's mane jellyfish have four different stages in their long lifespan, a larval stage, a polyp stage and the medusa stage ephyrae stage. The female bears are jellyfish tentacle fertilized eggs in the eggs develop into larvae polyps. The start reproducing asexually, creating piles of small beings called ephyraes. The individual ephyraes demolition of the chimneys, where they eventually grow into the medusa stage and become adult jellyfish.