Cyanea capillata


Common Names: Lion's mane jellyfish, giant jellyfish, hair jelly
Category: Sea Creatures
Sub-category: Jellyfish


The largest known species of jellyfish. The largest recorded specimen found, washed up on the shore of Massachusetts Bay in 1870, had a bell (body) with a diameter of 7 feet 6 inches wide and tentacles 120 feet long. Although capable of attaining 7 to 8 foot bell, these jellyfish can vary greatly in size; those found in lower latitudes are much smaller than their far northern counterparts with bell about 20 inches in diameter. The extremely sticky tentacles are grouped into eight clusters, each cluster containing over 100 tentacles, arranged in a series of rows. The bell is divided into eight lobes.

Found in the ocean waters, or washed up along the shore line.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Like other jellyfish, the Lion's Mane has stinging tentacles. In normal circumstances, and in healthy individuals, their stings are not known to be fatal. Common remedies include: vinegar, isopropyl alcohol, and meat tenderizer.
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