This Jellyfish Doesn’t Have Chance

Just received this great photo from a friend of friend.  Gary Bernier took this while diving at the ship wrecks off  North Carolina. A cookie goes to the person who can name both the jellyfish and fish.

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Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

4 comments on “This Jellyfish Doesn’t Have Chance
  1. Possibly a Chrysaora jelly by the markings on the top and sides, but the tentacles don’t look right… Might be the photo though. The fish is mullet! Which is amazing smoked.

  2. Could it be cigar minnows (Decapterus punctatus) swimming around a sea nettle, Chrysaora quinquecirrha? I don’t think they are eating it however but maybe smaller critters associated with the the jelly

  3. My ID for the fish are a jack of some sort (Trachurus sp.) All the lateral line scales are highly developed compared with the other body scales. From what I recall of Decapterus, only the posterior scales are well developed. Jump in with a spear, Kevin :-)

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