About This Animal
SIZE: Up to 12 inches in diameter
RANGE: North and eastern Australia
HABITAT: coastal waters; can also enter intertidal estuaries
DIET: small zooplankton
Blubber jellyfish can range in color from tan to bright blue to deep purple. Their coloration is believed to be a form of sunscreen, and intensifies when they are exposed to sunlight.
When dried and preserved properly, this species is considered a delicacy in many Asian countries. With it numbers increasing in Australian waters many fishermen have turned to harvesting the blubber jellyfish to sell to foreign markets.