Jellyfish.

I went for my morning swim in the Mar Menor this morning & for the second day running, I saw one of these beauties. 

Mar Menor Jellyfish.

Contrary to popular belief, the jellyfish I see whilst swimming in the Mar Menor are harmless. I quite often see children picking them up & putting them on their heads as if they are wearing a wig & I have never been stung by them, besides swimming right through shoals of them.

The jellyfish that I see whilst swimming in the Mar Menor is the Cotylorhiza Tuberculata. It is a species of jellyfish, also known as Mediterranean jelly or fried egg jellyfish. It is commonly found in the Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea & Adriatic Sea. It can reach 35cm in diameter but the ones I see swimming in the Mar Menor are no bigger than 10cm in diameter. It seems that this jellyfish's sting has very little or no effect on humans.

This jellyfish belongs to the Order Rhizostomeae, Family Cepheids. One of the most common jellyfish in the Mediterranean sea & one of the most colourful of all. Unlike many other jellyfish, it is capable of autonomous movement without relying on the current.