The scientific tourist #217 — Mastigias papua

Otherwise known as the common lagoon jelly, or the spotted jelly — pretty little things, they eat zooplankton, but also get nutrition from tiny symbiotic algae in their tissues.

Mastigias papua

For the algae to photosynthesize, the jellies need to swim near the surface during daylight. They’re found throughout the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans (but primarily in the southern Pacific), as well as the Western Atlantic Ocean. These particular jellies, though, live in the California Academy of Sciences — in Golden Gate Park; San Francisco, California.

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