Friday, February 7, 2014

Beach blanketed

Josie Lim and her family were walking the beach in Hobart, Tasmania, when they came across something strange. It was a 5' (1.5 m) jellyfish stranded belly-up, identified by experts at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) when the Lims sent in a photo (IMAGE ABOVE) of the giant animal. Although not yet classified, it is a new species of the genus Cyanea - known as the Lion's Mane group – which includes the world's largest jellyfish that can grow up to 10' (3 m) wide. According to Lisa-ann Gershwin of CSIRO, the Lion's Manes have a raggedy look to them, "like a dinner plate with a mop hanging underneath."

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