The Lion’s Mane Jellyfish That Will Give You Nightmares

by • April 22, 2011 • NatureComments (0)9646

One of the scariest symptoms of global warming is the explosion of jellyfish populations in various parts of the world that are being reported of late.  Jellyfish so large in numbers that they actually stop ships dead in their tracks.  So when I saw this photo of the largest jellyfish my eyes have ever seen I thought the apocalypse was pretty much a sure thing.  As it turns out, however, this big guy has been swimming around our waters for 650,000,000 years — even before the dinosaurs roamed the earth. The Lion’s Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world, and is among the oldest species alive. The biggest ones can grow as big as 20-feet in diamter with tentacles over 165-feet in length (that’s 10-feet more than the copper portion of the Statue Of Liberty). They can be found in the chilly waters of the Arctic and with their hundreds of poisonous tentacles they can capture any amount of fish they like and drag it into its mouth.

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