Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Bloom of Jellies

Those who admire the massive, rigid bone structures of dinosaurs should remember that jellyfish still enjoy their very secure ecological niche.
~Beau Sheil

I've done so many Art Thursday posts that it kind of surprises me I'm not repeating myself yet. But I am pretty sure I have never covered jellyfish before (which are not actual fish so some people just call them "jellies"). They are gorgeous, aren't they?

photo by Lee Bennett

photo by Alexandre Duarte

photo by Dan Glaser

photo by ju-leo

Discomedusae, Kunstformen der Natur (1904), plate 88
by Ernst Haeckel

Discomedusae, Kunstformen der Natur (1904), plate 28
by Ernst Haeckel

Trachomedusae, Kunstformen der Natur (1904), plate 26
by Ernst Haeckel

Peanut Butter and Jelly-fish
photo by Dennis Frank

Jellyfish carcasses in black light
photo by Kristen Ortwerth-Jewell

photo by Mats Hage Eikemo

Sometimes jellyfish are referred to as medusae. "In biology, a medusa (plural: medusae) is a form of cnidarian in which the body is shaped like an umbrella."


Pop said...

Jellyfish (or Jellies, as you mentioned) are beautiful creatures...and even more beautiful if you can separate their forms from their stings! (Yes, I've been stung, and it's something you don't easily forget.)

These are marvelous photos (and etchings/drawings). I was especially taken with the Glaser and ju-leo pictures. Fantastic "art."

I'm still contemplating the name of "Peanut Butter and Jelly-fish"!

Liz Steinglass said...

I absolutely love jellyfish--at a distance. They are simply gorgeous.

Retta said...

So graceful and beautiful, almost like aliens from outerspace.

When I was a kid we'd swim in the Pacific Ocean off Santa Monica, and every so often the tide would bring in a raft of little "jellies". You never saw a bunch of kids swim for shore so fast!

Heidi said...

It's good that they're beautiful as well as dangerous, because they're taking over the world:
but I guess you know that....