Back in Black

If you now have AC/DC stuck in your head all day. You’re welcome. However, there really is no better theme song for Chrysaora achlyos, the Black Sea Nettle.

This past month, these giant black beasties have been spotted back off the coast of California. Though they don’t yet appear to be in the same numbers as seen in 2010, the summer is still young. Likely, they might just be here to celebrate our newest Deepling Rebecca’s arrival…Woot! Woot!

Either way, check out this breathtaking video freediver Chris Thompson snagged last week while adventuring through the Point Loma kelp forest. (For the full effect: Play this simultaneously)

“This beautiful cnidarian looks like a big piece of candy, but probably tastes like a light socket.” -Chris Thompson

Good, not to mention valid, description.


Alex Warneke (112 Posts)

Alex is committed to a life of inspiring others to view science through a more dynamic and empowering lens. Alex obtained her M.Sc. in Chemical Ecology from San Diego State University and most recently resided as a Science Programs Manager and Marine Scientist for the National Park Service. As an ecologist, storyteller, and community engager, she has spanned critical boundaries between stakeholders in education, academia, non-profit, and government to translate the most current scientific bodies of work in ways that are accessible and inclusive. She is a strong proponent of unconventional science communication and extending the broader impacts of science to the public using the outlets of art, digital media, education, and citizen science. Currently, Alex works at the interface of climate resilience and community with the Climate Science Alliance. As Deputy Director for the Alliance, her hope is that through her work and experience she can get the world to think differently about how we connect and impact the thriving ecosystem around us and commit to fostering a more resilient future.

8 Replies to “Back in Black”

  1. Beeeeautiful! So glad you found this awesome video Alex! And yes, they are all for me. Now if only they’d float over to Rhode Island…

  2. ..and someone will want this in their tanks(!?)

    …can’t leave out recent release by Richard Cheese “Back in Black Tie” for those who can appreciate the fromage of “ill culture’.

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