World’s Largest Jellyfish Measured at 120 Feet Long and Was Spotted in Massachusetts Bay
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Remember when the world largest jellyfish was found in Massachusetts?
That's because it washed ashore on Massachusetts Bay in 1870, according to a Lions Mane Jellyfish article.
That's right, Massachusetts has a lot of accolades associated with the beautiful bay state. One may be near impossible to take away: the worlds longest animal.
According to the Lions Mane Jellyfish article, the Lions Mane Jellyfish that washed ashore in Massachusetts more than 150 years ago had a bell diameter of 7 feet and 6 inches. That is enormous, but not record breaking.
What is record breaking is that its tentacles measured a length of 120 feet, making it the longest animal in the world - even longer than the blue whale, according to Lions Mane Jellyfish.
Typically not interacting with humans, the Lions Mane Jellyfish catches its prey in the most obvious way: shocking small fish with their long and powerful tentacles.
The majority of Lions Mane Jellyfish live where waters are cool, near the arctic and North Pacific Ocean (between Alaska and Washington).
"The tentacles are glutinous and are found in eight bunches," according to the Lions Mane article. "Each bunch has more than 100 tentacles arranged in rows."
Quick math - 8 bunches with 100 tentacles per bunch. That is 800 tentacles of scariness for me.
As gnarly and prehistoric as these animals seem, they are not going anywhere anytime soon. Interestingly, some research supports that jellyfish actually thrive in areas that are affected by human activity, according to an Oceana article.
"Overfishing, climate change, and pollution have helped promote more frequent jellyfish swarms while reducing the jellies’ main predators and competitors and increasing their prey," according to an Oceana article. "These factors have created a favorable environment for this species, and few threats are known to the lion’s main jellyfish or other jellies."
The likeliness of running into one of these are very slim; however, like in 1870, one could wash up to shore.
One could be swimming in the dark, cold depths just below your feet.