Cannonball Jellyfish

Cannonball Jellyfish

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Stomolophus meleagris 

2” diameter, roughly golfball sized 

 

We collected this small Cannonball Jellyfish recently on a research trip. Our goal was to collect Box Jellyfish to study, but there were many other jellyfish present. Small Cannonball Jellyfish, like this one, are very rare to see close to shore. They grow up several miles offshore and return during winter to reproduce. This little jelly was the only Cannonball present and likely got separated from the larger bloom of jellies.