Fact Friday

The lion’s mane jelly is the largest of jellyfish. It can even exceed the length of a blue whale! They have eight clusters of tentacles, containing about a hundred tentacles each. These clusters can grow to just under 100 feet (30 meters) long. The colorful, tangled arms in the center of the animal is what gives them their name.

A Lion’s mane jelly By Dan Hershman [CC-BY2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0] 26 September 2006 via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Largelionsmanejellyfish.jpg.

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Banded Sea Snake

November 3, 2023

Banded Sea Krait

Do you know that the banded sea krait contains a neurotoxin in its venom that’s one of the most lethal in the world? Sea snakes spend most of their time in the water. Sea kraits are not true sea snakes because they spend a lot of time on land digesting food and nesting. Sea kraits differ from their cousins on land because they have a paddle-like tail used for swimming. They hunt eels and other small fish that live in the coral reef, easily fitting into the reef’s crevices. They use their deadly neurotoxin to paralyze their victims before swallowing them whole.

Photo Credit: Ken Marks