Lion’s Mane Jellyfish

Lion’s mane  jellyfish
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish in Clew Bay July 2018

Lion’s mane jellyfish
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Scyphozoa
Order: Semaeostomeae
Family: Cyaneidae
Genus: Cyanea
Species: C. capillata
Binomial name
Cyanea capillata
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Jellyfish are common in Clew Bay in summer. The lion’s mane jellyfish, is the largest known species of jellyfish and appears to have been more frequently seen this July in Clew Bay. Encounters by swimming in the sea can cause stings from contact with its tentacles. Vinegar can be used to deactivate the nematocysts (stinging cells), but due to the large number of tentacles medical attention is recommended after exposure.

Published by shayfennelly

Marine scientist and photographer. Interested in all marine ecology, exploration, science and technology.

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