Imagine life as a jellyfish. You swim deep within the big blue ocean. Suddenly a turtle comes along. It seems friendly but the truth is, he wants to eat you! Lucky for you, you’re almost transparent and you dive behind the nearest coral. You are starving, so you head home and eat your dinner, other zooplankton and fish eggs. Yum (well, jellyfish think that!) Want to learn more about life as a jellyfish? Read on!
What is a jellyfish?
Unlike the name, jellyfish are not fish. They are actually giant zooplankton. They are gelatinous which means they are like jelly. Some examples of stinging kinds are medusae and non-stinging kinds are comb jellies or ctenophores. Here is a tip on how to remember not to mistake them as fish. Call them jellies!
What do they look like?
Jellies look like umbrellas. Some are large and brightly colored. The colors of a jellyfish are red, orange, blue, purple, pink, etc. Like stated before, they can also be transparent or close to transparent. Their tentacles can grow to be 60 m. (200 ft.) WOW!!!
Where do Jellyfish Live?
Most jellies live in the ocean but some do live in freshwater places like rivers and lakes. They are found in every ocean from the surface to deep inside the water.The deadliest jellyfish are found in and near Australia. An example of a freshwater jellyfish is the Craspedacusta sowerbyi. They are a freshwater jellyfish that inhabit nearly all continents, but they are very rare in Africa.
Predator and Prey
Some of the prey that they eat are zooplankton, small fish eggs, a whole fish, and also larvae. Some of the predators of the jellyfish are tuna, sharks, swordfish, sea turtles, and a species of Pacific Salmon. Jellyfish are tertiary consumers on the food chain.
Well now you know some facts about jellyfish and what it is like to be one. Even though they do not have a brain, they are smart creatures and are very beautiful and interesting. What do you think? Are they amazing or what?