Jellyfish are at home in the water. There are many varieties of jellyfish and each is more fascinating than the next.
- Jellyfish are not fish. They are symmetrical planktons.
- Jellyfish are found in every ocean on the planet at varied depths and water temperatures, even in some freshwater lakes and ponds.
- Bloom, swarm, or smack are all terms for a group of jellyfish.
- A baby jellyfish is called a polyp.
- An adult jellyfish is called a medusa.
- The largest jellyfish can be up to 8ft. in diameter.
- Jellyfish tentacles can be up to 200 feet long.
- The top of a jellyfish is called the bell.
- Jellyfish have no brain, heart, ears, head, feet, legs, or bones.
- Jellyfish can detect light, vibration, and chemicals via their rudimentary nervous system.
- Jellyfish breathe underwater through their skin.
- Jellyfish eat through a tube in the center of their bell. They feed on other jellyfish, fish eggs, crustaceans, plankton, and other small fish.
- Sea turtles, sharks, and tuna eat jellyfish.
- Scientists estimate that there are 250,000 jellyfish species yet to be discovered. Whoa!
What to do if you are stung by a jellyfish: Get out of the water & wash the affected with salt water (salt will deactivate the stinging cells, regular water will make it worse!).
Find more jellyfish facts at https://www.factretriever.com/jellyfish-facts.
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