Japanese Sea Nettles

This gallery contains 3 photos. While not as large as their Pacific cousins, Japanese sea nettles are still a big draw at the Vancouver Aquarium. Especially when they congregate in a smack (the proper term of venery) like this one.

a-Smack-of-Japanese-Sea-Nettles

Their striped medusa (hoods) distinguish Japanese sea nettles (aka brown jellyfish) from Pacific sea nettles.

Japanese-Sea-Nettle-Top

Their undersides hint at delicate, nebulous, and luminous creatures that can nonetheless deliver a nasty though rarely fatal sting if provoked.

Japanese-Sea-Nettle-Underside

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