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 (74 Posts)

Alex currently resides as a Science Communicator for the National Park Service, where she inspires thousands a year to love the watery world. Alex earned her Masters degree in chemical ecology from San Diego State University investigating the effects of heavy metal pollutants on the chemical communication between organisms. In her “free time,” Alex enjoys convincing the public that Ecology is indeed sexy. With that goal, she is a strong proponent of unconventional science communication and extending the broader impacts of science to the general public using the outlets of film and social media. When she is not busy busting a move or filming her next rap video, she can normally be found frolicking through the California kelp forest.

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8 comments on “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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