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Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, The Largest Jellyfish Known To Man

By Mark Ableton

The Lion’s Mane jellyfish has the distinction of being the largest jellyfish known to man. The largest specimen on record had a bell shaped body with a diameter of 7 feet 6 inches and its tentacles were 120 feet long. It was definitely longer than a blue whale and is considered to be the longest animal known to the world.

The Lion’s Mane jellyfish is normally found in the waters of the northern Pacific and northern Atlantic oceans and in the Arctic region. There are some similar types of jellyfish found in the waters off New Zealand and Australia. These jellyfish are rarely ever found farther south than latitude of 42 degrees north.

The Lion’s Mane jellyfish ranges in size. Although large Lion’s Mane with 8 foot bells are found in the Northern waters, relatively smaller ones can be found in the Southern water. The tentacles of the Lion’s Mane are sticky, grouped in large clusters of 8, each large cluster containing more then 100 tentacle strands arranged in a series of rows. The giant size of the Lion’s mane may scare you however; it is not too dangerous. Although stings can cause redness and temporary pain, they are not fatal.

At the center of the Lion’s Mane Jellyfish is it’s bell shaped body. Each Lion’s Mane has eight divisions, so it kindof looks like an 8 pointed star. A complex and beautiful arrangement of colourful arms protrude from the bell’s center, much shorter then the thinner tentacles which come from the bell’s subumbrella. The larger the specimen, the difference in colour as size makes all the difference. Smaller Lion’s Manes can be orange or tan with the larger ones ranging from bright crimson to dark purple.

The lifespan of a Lion’s Mane jellyfish is about one year. They prefer to settle in sheltered bays that are shallow as they approach the end of life. The Lion’s Mane jellyfish is a coldwater species and can’t thrive and grow very large in warmer waters. Due to it’s large size, in open waters, the Lion’s Mane provides food and shelter for other marine life such as Shrimps, small prow fish, Butter fish, medusa fish, harvest fish and more who treat it as a floating oasis. They Lion’s mane survives mostly on moon jellyfish, small fish, ctenophores and zoo plankton. It’s predators including other jellyfish, sea turtles, sea birds and larger fish.

Learn more about Jellyfish today! There is alot of information about many interesting jellyfish species at JellyfishFacts.Net including a large collection of Jellyfish Pictures.

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Ableton, Mark "Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, The Largest Jellyfish Known To Man." Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, The Largest Jellyfish Known To Man. 25 Jun. 2010. 26 Nov 2014 <>.

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