Today's photo features Phyllorhiza punctata a species of jellyfish also known as the white-spotted jellyfish. It is native to the West Pacific from Australia to Japan, but is actually an invasive species in the Gulf of Mexico and other locations. In these habitats, the white-spotted jelly has been identified as a threat due to its consumption of "more than a fair share" of zooplankton. P. punctata average (18–20 inches in bell diameter, but in October 2007, one 28 inch wide specimen, perhaps the largest ever recorded, was found on Sunset Beach, North Carolina.
I took this photo while visiting the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
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