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Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Bell Medusa

Polyorchis penicillatus

       
(1-8: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)


Brown Jellyfish

(aka Sea Nettle)

Chrysaora fuscescens

        
(1-3,9: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 4-8: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

These are large - up to a foot across.  They sometimes congregate in large numbers, particularly when it's been warm:
  
(1-3: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

Also see video here.


Cross Jelly

Mitrocoma cellularia

      
(1: East Pescadero Pinnacle, Pebble Beach / 2: Monterey State Beach, Monterey / 3-4,6-7: Monastery Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea / 5: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Egg-Yolk Jelly

Phacellophora camtschatica

       
(1-3,5: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 4: East Pescadero Pinnacle, Pebble Beach / 6-8: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Euphysa

Euphysa japonica

(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)


Leuckartiara

Leuckartiara sp.

(1: East Pescadero Pinnacle, Pebble Beach)


Moon Jellyfish

Aurelia aurita

       
(1,3-4: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 2: Monterey State Beach, Monterey / 5-8: Lovers Point, Monterey)


Nanomia

Nanomia bijuga

(1: East Pescadero Pinnacle, Pebble Beach)


Siphonophore

Physophora hydrostatica

  
(1-3: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Siphonophore

Praya (sp?)

     
(1-4: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 5-6: Lovers Point, Monterey)


Comb Jellies

Beroe

Beroe cucumis

 
(1-2: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

These swim using lines of iridescent cilia on their sides.


Leucothea

Leucothea pulchra

     
(1: Monastery Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea / 2-6: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

The largest of the eastern Pacific comb jellies.


Mertensiid

(Family Mertensiidae)

(1: East Pescadero Pinnacle, Pebble Beach)