Year of 2017

An upside-down sea jelly

There are eight known species of upside-down sea jellies, aka jellyfish, in the world. The species called ‘andromeda’ is found in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. This beautiful specimen with indigo tentacles pointing toward the water’s surface—just like the other upside-down jellies—swims in the waters of the Jardines de la Reina National Park in Cuba.

Cassiopea is a genus of true jellyfish and the only members of the family Cassiopeidae. They are found in warmer coastal regions around the world, including shallow mangrove swamps, mudflats, canals, and turtle grass flats in Florida, and the Caribbean. The medusa usually lives upside-down on the bottom, which has earned them the common name. Where found, there may be numerous individuals with varying shades of white, blue, green and brown.
Scientific name: Cassiopea
Biological classification: Genus
Consists of: Cassiopea andromeda