Lion's Mane Jellyfish
(Cyanea capillata)

image of a Lion's Mane Jellyfish

Image ID: 266-01

Other shots:  image of a Lion's Mane Jellyfish
Comments : Encounters with the largest of the Pacific Northwest jellies are common in Summer months. This is a shot of a medium sized Lion's Mane Jelly with it's bell expanded as it pulsates through the water. Tentacles of the Lion's Mane can often exceed 10 feet in length. I have been stung twice by this species of jellyfish. The sting is very irritating, like nasty bee stings, and lasts for about 6-8 hours.
Common name : Lion's Mane Jellyfish
Scientific Name : Cyanea capillata
Location Found : KVI Tower Reef
Actual Size : 14 inches across bell, 8 feet long including tentacles
Camera Used : Sea & Sea MMII EX 35mm ISO100
Natural History :