Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita)
Binomial Name: Aurelia aurita
Conservation Status: Not Evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Photographer: Robert J Banach
Date: August 3rd 2015
Location: Assawoman Bay, off 136th St, Ocean City, MD
Facts about Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita)
- Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) is an abundant Ocean City Jellyfish, inhabiting the bays surrounding Ocean City, as well as their tributaries. Moon Jellyfish, also, frequent the Atlantic Ocean coastal waters.
- Lives in ocean water temperatures ranging from 43 to 88 °F (6 to 31 °C)
- Jellyfish do not have a brain, heart, nervous system, internal organs or anything else
- Moon Jellyfish do NOT normally sting human species, they do use their tentacles to sting other prey and little fishes for food. If they were to sting you accidentally, all it will do is leave a small rash as their cnidoblasts aren’t powerful enough to penetrate human skin tissues, most of the times these stings can hardly be felt at all.