Japanese Sea Nettle
Chrysaora pacifica ON EXHIBIT:
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The Japanese sea nettle has a light-colored bell with a dark orange sunburst pattern radiating to its edges. Tentacles can stream behind the Japanese sea nettle for 9-20 feet. Their nematocysts are powerful, capable of causing serious skin irritation and burning sensations in people.
Japanese sea nettle populations appear to be increasing in the Bering Sea. Scientists studying the phenomenon are concerned because this species may feed on the same plankton species targeted by herring, sardines, anchovies, juvenile salmon and other commercially important species of fishes.