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Moon Jelly

Aurelia aurita

Range/Geographical Distribution: From Greenland to the West Indies.

Habitat: Inshore and offshore waters along the coast.

Description: Round, translucent, white jelly with four distinct horseshoe-shaped gonads in the middle of the bell.

Size: Can reach ten inches in diameter.

Food: Plankton.

Breeding: Reaches sexual maturity during the spring and summer. The eggs develop in gonads located underneath the stomach.

Predators: Sea turtles, fish, birds, and other jellies.

Conservation Status: No legal status.

Interesting Facts: Moon jellies swim by pulsations of their bell in order to stay near the surface and keep their tentacles spread out to catch food.

On the Coast: Moon jellies are found along the Georgia coast in the summer and fall.  They can be seen in the water and washed up onto the beach in a gelatinous blob.

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