Tennessee Aquarium

PLEASE NOTE: The Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater will be closed on Thursday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. 

Blubber Jellyfish

Catostylus mosaicus

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.