Story: Corals, anemones and jellyfish

Moon jellyfish

Moon jellyfish

A common visitor to New Zealand’s beaches in summer is the moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita). It has a transparent, bell-shaped body filled with a jelly-like material, and a fringe of tentacles. The large specimen shown here is mature, indicated by the sex organs that appear as cloudy circles within its body. This individual is surrounded by bits from other moon jellyfish that have died and started to decompose.

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Dennis Gordon, 'Corals, anemones and jellyfish - Jellyfish', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2023)

Story by Dennis Gordon, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 26 Sep 2016