Three Sea Nettles
and a Hermit Crab
in a Snail Shell!
Watch out! These Sea-Nettles can be naughty not nice! They use stinging cells called nematocysts on their long streaming tentacles to stun small fish, crustaceans and plankton (and even unlucky humans!)
They are commonly seen drifting through the Salish Sea or washed up on beaches.
Sea-Nettles can get quite big, with bells 30cm in diameter and tentacles extending for several feet.
The white "tentacles" are actually called "oral arms" and are used to bring food to the jellyfish's mouth, on the the underside of the bell.
Welcome to the 12 days of fish-mas gallery!
At Christmas time in 2013 I made this gallery while working at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre!
Andrew Murgatroyd BSc.
Asta Mail MSc.