Friday, July 23, 2010

Cyanea Capillata

I have commented before on the commendably no-nonsense approach of Australians in general.  It’s nice to see that this forthright attitude also applies to the beach.
 
A large, dead, jellyfish caused mayhem at Wallis Sands beach yesterday when it stung about 150 people in the water…Seacoast Science Center Aquarist Robert Royer said the creature was likely a Lion's Mane jellyfish, which can have a bell as large as six feet wide with tentacles that can stretch to 100 feet. The tentacles can sting even when detached from the bell.
 
Pausing only to note that there’s a Sherlock Holmes story all about the Lion’s Mane jellyfish, what sort of lesson can be drawn from this?
 
"The lesson to be learned here is, 'Don't piss off a big jellyfish,'" [the Park Manager] said. "He'll really make you pay."
 
Damn right.

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