The Fried Egg Jellyfish, also known as the Egg Yolk Jellyfish or Cotylorhiza tuberculate, is a species of jellyfish known for its distinctive appearance resembling a fried egg. Here are some key characteristics of Fried Egg Jellyfish:
- Appearance: The Fried Egg Jellyfish has a flattened, saucer-shaped bell with a smooth and firm texture. The bell can reach a diameter of up to 40 centimeters (16 inches) or more. The upper part of the bell is typically yellow or golden, resembling the yolk of a fried egg, while the lower part is often translucent or white.
- Tentacles: The Fried Egg Jellyfish has numerous long, slender tentacles that hang down from the edge of the bell. The tentacles are typically fringed with tiny, stinging cells called nematocysts, which the jellyfish uses to capture prey and defend itself.
- Habitat: Fried Egg Jellyfish are commonly found in the warm coastal waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the eastern Atlantic Ocean. They are particularly abundant in areas with calm, shallow waters, such as bays, lagoons, and near the coast.
- Sting: While the Fried Egg Jellyfish does possess stinging cells on its tentacles, its sting is generally considered mild and not harmful to humans. However, individuals with sensitive skin or allergies may experience some discomfort or skin irritation if they come into contact with the jellyfish.
- Diet: Fried Egg Jellyfish are primarily filter feeders, consuming small planktonic organisms such as copepods, larval fish, and other microscopic marine life.
The Fried Egg Jellyfish has often considered a relatively harmless species to humans and is frequently encountered by swimmers and divers in coastal areas where they are prevalent. However, it’s always important to be cautious and avoid touching or handling any jellyfish in the wild to prevent potential stings or adverse reactions.