I've seen them on the beach before but other than just a type of jellyfish...i don't know exactly what they are......i'd love to know if you find out!Hugs! debYour brave...i would never touch one afraid it might sting! lol
If there are any tentacles underneath, they might well be a kind of jellyfish. There are many varieties that are clear and they come in all sizes.
I live on the Outer Banks, a chain of barrier islands off the coast of NC. This looks like our Cannonball Jellyfish; a translucent body, sometimes milky white, up to 8" or so in diameter. They lack true tentacles and the reddish parts in the middle are the internal organs. We have them wash up on shore a lot.
I think these are moon jellies, I was intrigued enough to look them up and they have 4 pink horseshoe shapes inside them, which other do not have. They are found all over the world and some people even keep them as pets. I presume they are safe to handle as nothing I have read says they are poisonous.
A glass paperweight indeed best describes the first jelly photo. Magnificent creatures.
I really think this is a jelly fish. If you go to google images and look up jellyfish you'll see that some have the four areas of colors inside their jelly. Most of the bright colors amongst all those images are miss-leading. ... colored lights, photoshop. Most of the jellyfish I've seen are mostly clear jelly with a touch of color.
This reminds me of a book we really liked: http://www.amazon.com/Night-Moonjellies-15th-Anniversary-Edition/dp/1930900341/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355376862&sr=8-1&keywords=moonjellies
This reminds me of a book we really liked call Night of the Moonjellies:http://www.amazon.com/Night-Moonjellies-15th-Anniversary-Edition/dp/1930900341/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355376862&sr=8-1&keywords=moonjellies
Thanks, both of you,there were no visible tentacles when I picked one up but maybe they had been drawn in somehow to protect themselves from drying out too much as the tide receded. I,'ll look on the net for more info.
Where I live,the coast of NC, we call these Cannonball Jellies. They don't have true tentacles and can be up to 8 inches or so in diameter. Sometimes they appear milky in color but more often are translucent. They wash up all over the beach and can be seen floaton the waves. The reddish areas inside are the internal organs.
Thank you everybody for your input, I've really enjoyed this exchange. I searched the internet and given my location in northern France moon jellyfish seems to be the right identification. By the way I had gloves on when I picked one up and by the look of the underside it had curled itself up to protect the tentacles.
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