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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

J is for JELLYFISH

 
One day in early August this year, Lorne and I took Tegan to Deas Island Park near our home in Ladner, BC.  There was a spot where I had seen dogs swimming in one of the Fraser River's tributaries, so we thought we'd check it out.  The tide was a bit out so the beach part was quite muddy.  That didn't deter Tegan one little bit and off she bounced right into the water.  
Between throwing sticks and stones for her to capture, I took some photos of the area.  I kept looking down in order not to sink and noticed something peculiar lying in the wet, muddy beach.
Several of them, donut-shaped, were in various stages of decay and covered in thin, slimy mud. Upon closer inspection, I thought they seemed jelly-like but without any extremities.  They were actually quite creepy looking, but I took some photos so I could check on the internet later.

It turns out they were dead jellyfish.  I've seen pictures of jellyfish in the ocean or in an aquarium and they are always very fascinating to watch as they float and glide through the water.  However, upon researching them, I found out that there are several varieties and they don't live very long.  At first, I thought these might be "moon jellyfish" but apparently they can be 40 cm in diameter and all the ones I saw were smaller than that.  So I pushed on and found another variety called "compass jellyfish" which are about 30 cm in diameter.  That seemed more likely to be the variety.  I also checked to see if they are found in my area and they are.  But beware - even when dead, they can pack a mighty sting!

I think I prefer to watch jellyfish in the aquarium as they float beautifully in the clear water.  They're far more appealing than the ones I found decaying on the river's edge.
Thanks to Roger, our administrator, for his jolly good work in keeping ABC Wednesday a very popular place to visit each week.  Also, thanks to the joyful Denise Nesbitt who created ABC Wednesday many years ago and the jocular group of helpers who jaunt over to the contributors to see what they have journaled for us all.

19 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

You're rigt - those aquarium jelly are MUCH more interesting looking, though usually more dangerous!

ROG, ABCW

Reader Wil said...

You are right jellyfish are fascinating. When I was 12 years old I travelled from Singapore to England on board the SS Nieuw Amsterdam. I often wandereed on the sundeck and watched the sea. One day I saw beautifully coloured jellyfish, which were very big.I cannot find the English name for them, but we called the Portuguese warships. They were dangerous, but we saw them from the deck of a ship.
Thanks for your visit.
Wil, ABCW Team.

Carver said...

Unfortunately I've seen and been stung by the interesting looking ones and it's no fun. The best think for jellyfish stings is meat tenderizer. I don't know why it works but as a child my parents used it on my jellyfish stings and it does provide relief.

Richard Lawry said...

I love jellyfish as long a they aren't stinging me.
An Arkie's Musings

LindyLou Mac said...

Calling by from ABC Wednesday,a fascinating post for J.

photowannabe said...

I didn't know that one could get stung by a dead jellyfish.
Several members of my family were stung by jellyfish when we were on a cruise. Not a fun experience...getting stung...not the cruise (:0)

Rajesh said...

Interesting exploration. I had not seen a dead jellyfish before.

ewok1993 said...

i've seen a dead jellyfish that got washed out in the beach, it looked nothing like that muddied donut. that is scary looking though. did you poke it?

Joy said...

I've seen lots of jellyfish but never one like that. You are right so much nicer watching in an aquarium. How interesting that the Dutch name Reader Wil mentions is so similar to the English name, Portuguese Man O'War, I remember watching those as a teenager floating in numbers under the sea bridge. Not something to tangle with.

Leovi said...

Very beautiful jellyfish and fun photos! Be careful ...!

Hildred said...

One never knows what's going to turn up on the beach, but I suppose dead jellyfish are not all that unusual.

Ann said...

I wouldn't think of jellyfish dying and ending up on the beach. They are beautiful swimming in the ocean for sure.
Ann

Hazel Ceej said...

Stinging even when dead? Thanks for saying that. I'd be careful.

Hazel

Marcy said...

Love to see them, but not when I want to go for a swim... I haven't seen dead ones!

J is for...

uberrhund said...

Great post for letter "J".
I have actually stepped on a beached jellyfish and yes indeed even the dead ones are full of sting!
Glad Teagan didn't get stung while romping.

Ercotravels said...

That dead one does look creepy
Regards
Our post for ABC Wednesday
Exploring the Jungles of Gir Forest National Park

Suzanne said...

Quite a difference between the living and the dead!

Norma Ruttan said...

my daughter-in-law was stung by a jellyfish- not an experience I'd want to have. even though I know they have a circular appearance, I'd never have imagined their looking like a donut!

Jesh St Germain said...

In Zeeland (Netherlands) where I grew up I was stung several times by smaller jelly fish -not pleasant!

Sorry you had no choice in the matter of where to go (and when) in Cingue Terre. Another reason for me to avoid group tours - even though it's probably more expensive to go on one's own.