Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lagoon Jellyfish from HIMB

Had a lagoon jelly appear in the mangrove channel behind the lanai suites yesterday. A bit different than the upside-down jelly below that we have  had in our tanks before (and are so common around the island).

Like the upside-down jellies, the brown in the lagoon jelly is evidence of the same type of algae found in our reef building corals, the zooxanthellae! Unlike the corals, the presence of the zooxanthellae are probably not required for this jelly to survive. For more info, check out the Marine Life Profile from the Waikiki Aquarium.

And unlike the upside down jelly's, the lagoon jelly favors a more upright position in the water column. Watch for these in the shallow waters around HIMB!



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