Although I don’t often see that many jellies while diving, it was amazing to swim through swarms of comb jellies, watching their colours shimmer in my torch light, or seeing a brilliant red lion’s mane floating in the water column.
Video of a sea jelly - A beautiful floating lion manes jelly - the most popular post I’ve had with over 2000 notes - I can till remember just how surprised I was when I felt my phone buzz all day and night with notifications from tumblr.
Video of a shimmering comb jelly
I often see these big, bright yellow seahorses, always so regal to watch!
Not all are so vibrant and easy to find however, and love to play hide and seek!
Whether it is a harmless fiddler relaxing on the sand, or an undulating ray swimming around, there is something majestic about seeing these shark-relatives in the water.
The Lion’s Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. They have been swimming in arctic waters since before the dinosaurs (over 650 million years ago) and are among some of the oldest surviving species in the world. The largest can come in at about 6 meters and has tentacles over 50 meters long.
Now this was one amazing find while diving last weekend. This is a lion mane’s jelly (Cyanea annaskala), which is the same genus as the largest of all jellies. This one was about 20cm in width, with it’s tentacles easily 5x longer then it’s body, if not even more.
Photo by @daviddoubilet A lions mane jellyfish hunts for a meal in the shallow coves of Bonne Bay fjord in Gros Morne National Park, #Newfoundland. Lions mane jellies are the largest species of jellyfish, some larger individuals have tentacles reaching 100 feet. They live in cold water and use stinging tentacles to capture fish and other prey. Each time we finished a dive in the fjord I felt like we were surfacing into a Canadian painting. #GrosMorne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From @natgeo story gulf if St. Lawrence, The Generous Gulf. With @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ocean #canada #beauty #jellyfish #adventure #explore for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet by natgeo