This photo was a Semi-Finalist in the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Category: “The Underwater World.”
While snorkelling with some divers, I found this Net-patterned Jellyfish (Pseudorhiza haeckeli) off the coast of Rottnest Island in WA Australia.
Net-patterned Jellyfish are a distinctive species of the phyla Cnidaria (ny-dare-ea) Class Scyphozoa. They can be easily recognised by their single long, clubbed feeding arm which is often brightly coloured red or purple. The Net-patterned Jellyfish is common out on the open water to 30m depth but depending on prevailing winds and tides may be washed into coastal and shore waters. They reach around 30 centimetres length across the bell.
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