West Coast Sea Nettle
Chrysaora fuscescens ON EXHIBIT:
Jellies: Living Art exhibit at Ocean Journey
The dusky orange hues of the West Coast sea nettle’s bell pulse continuously against the current. Its maroon tentacles and lacey white oral arms trail 12 to 15 feet behind, stinging and collecting a wide variety of zooplankton. Although they are effective predators, their large size and abundance make this species a valuable food source for many marine animals.
The name Chrysaora comes from Greek mythology and refers to the son of Poseidon and Medusa. Meaning “golden sword,” it is a warning of the stinging ability of these jellyfish