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Moon jellyfish


maximum 40 centimeters in diameter




zooplankton, worms, small crustaceans and small fish


sunfish, fulmar, lion's mane


sexual and vegetative

  • Dut: Oorkwal
  • Lat: Aurelia aurita
  • Eng: Common jellyfish (Moon jellyfish)
  • Ger: Ohrenqualle
  • Dan: Vandmænd, Aurelia aurita
Moon jellyfish, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

Moon jellyfish

Moon jellyfish often live in large groups in the sea. You can easily identify them by their four moons' in the middle. These are the reproductive organs. Males have white and females have pink moons'. Moon jellyfish have short tentacles along the edge of the bell and four short arms situated around the mouth for catching food. The tentacles of the moon jellyfish are poisonous for small marine animals but people are not affected by the toxin since it does not penetrate the skin.

  • Distribution and habitat
    Moon jellyfish, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

    Moon jellyfish are found throughout the world, so also in the North Sea and Wadden Sea. You often find them washed ashore in the spring.

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