About This Animal
SIZE: Up to 1 inch in diameter
RANGE: Pacific coast from Santa Barbara through Bering Sea to Russia and Northern Japan
HABITAT: Open water, near surface
DIET: Feeds on invertebrate eggs and larvae, copepods, and smaller jellies
ON EXHIBIT: Jellies: Living Art exhibit in Ocean Journey
This beautiful small jellyfish looks like a miniature umbrella. Its transparent body and small size make it nearly invisible in the ocean. The most conspicuous parts of the umbrella jelly’s body are the four radial canals. The mouth has four frilly lips and extends below the bell margin on a conical peduncle. When food is snared by this tiny predator, the mouth swings over to “lick” the new meal off the tentacles.