The Pink Meanie, scientifically known as Drymonema larsoni, is a species of jellyfish that belongs to the family Pelagiidae. Here are some key characteristics of the Pink Meanie:
- Appearance: The Pink Meanie has a bell-shaped body that can measure up to 60 centimeters (24 inches) in diameter. Its bell is typically pink or mauve in color, which gives it its common name. The bell may have a translucent appearance with frilly edges.
- Tentacles: The Pink Meanie has long, slender tentacles that can extend several meters below the bell. The tentacles are usually pink or red in color and are covered with stinging cells called nematocysts, which the jellyfish uses to capture prey.
- Sting: The Pink Meanie possesses venomous tentacles that can deliver a sting to humans. While the sting is not typically life-threatening, it can cause localized pain, skin irritation, and redness. It is advisable to avoid direct contact with the tentacles to minimize the risk of stings.
- Habitat: Pink Meanies are primarily found in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, including the coasts of California and Mexico. They are commonly encountered in coastal areas and are more prevalent during certain times of the year when oceanic conditions favor their presence.
- Feeding: Pink Meanies are carnivorous and primarily feed on small fish, plankton, and other jellyfish species. They use their long tentacles to capture and immobilize their prey, which they then bring closer to their mouth for ingestion.
- Behavior: Pink Meanies are active swimmers and can move vertically and horizontally through the water.
Encounters with Pink Meanies are relatively rare, but they can occur, especially in areas where they are more abundant. It is important to exercise caution and maintain a safe distance to minimize the risk of stings.