NAME: Frilly-Mouthed Sea Jelly or Flag-mouthed sea jelly
SIZE: Up to 40cm in bell diameter. Tentacles may exceed a metre in length.
DISTRIBUTION: From the West Coast to False Bay and into the Atlantic Ocean. Surface to at least 35m.
DESCRIPTION: Bluish white with ragged edges to the bell and a sturdy root with convoluted cauliflower-like tentacles and a longer set of trailing tentacles with pink edges.
NATURAL HISTORY: Small fish are often associated with the jelly, catching scraps of the jelly’s food. Stinging abilities unknown but tentacles best avoided on general principles.
Familiarize yourself with these interesting creatures and other marine animals for your next dive. For more information grab a copy of this book “A Field Guide to the Marine Animals of the Cape Peninsula” by Georgina Jones available in Pisces Divers.