Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jellyfish As Big As a Personal Pizza

I noted yesterday that lion's mane jellyfish, which are all over Long Island Sound these days, can grow as big as eight feet, although around here they are much smaller. Here's the first description I've seen of the size of a local lion's mane (from Newsday):

It was plump and as wide as a small pizza, a billowing cloud of royal purples and reds, pulling a 2-foot-long mass of dancing tendrils behind it.

For a stinging jellyfish, that's bigger than I'd want to encounter while swimming.

Perhaps it's because Newsday has been writing about it a lot, but it seems as if most of the jellyfish sightings in the Sound this year are off the north shore of Long Island. Are Connecticut beaches as afflicted?



Anonymous Robert said...

My son and I were in the water just West of Captains Island Greenwich, yesterday afternoon when my wife spotted a pinkish Jelly about 6 inches in diameter. We made for the boat and hauled out. I did not get a look at the jelly fish. Conditions yesterday at Captains Island when we spotted the jelly were winds about 10 knots steady from the south west and the high tide had turned and was beginning to ebb. The jelly fish was moving south west to north east toward land.


12:21 PM  
Anonymous Rick said...

Jennings Beach in Fairfield has posted its share of jellyfish alerts during the past week or so.

3:05 PM  

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