Moon Jelly

Common Name: Moon Jelly
Scientific Name: Aurelia aurita
Basic Physical Description: Clear jellyfish with small tentacles along the outer rim of the bell. Often looks like a cloudy blob in the water but can appear pink or purple under some lighting. Distinct 4-leaf clover shape in the center of the bell are its four gonads.
Range of Habitat: Northeast Pacific, and Northern Atlantic 
Local Habitat: Found in shallow estuaries, bays, and harbors, often found in abundance on Cape Cod in July and August
Interesting Facts: -They have no brain and are made almost entirely up of water -They cannot swim and move propelled by the current Caution: Large moon jellies do produce a mild sting


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