History of my favorite animal: jellyfish

The beautiful Jellyfish


Jellyfish

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Jellyfish or jellies are softbodied free-swimming aquatic animals with a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles.Between these layers is a gelatinous material called mesoglea, which makes up most of their bodies. Jellyfish and comb jellies are 95 percent water and so, rightly, mesoglea is mostly water! Some jellyfish have millions of very small stinging cells in their tentacles called nematocysts. These cells are used to capture food by injecting toxin into the prey. When we are stung it hurts because the toxin goes through our skin!

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Info: Should you fear the Jellyfish?

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As jellyfish squirt water from their mouths they are propelled forward. Tentacles hang down from the smooth baglike body and sting their prey. Jellyfish stings can be painful to humans and sometimes very dangerous. But jellyfish don't purposely attack humans. Most stings occur when people accidentally touch a jellyfish, but if the sting is from a dangerous species, it can be deadly. Jellyfish digest their food very quickly. They wouldn't be able to float if they had to carry a large, undigested meal around.

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