New Giant Jellyfish Species Discovered
(DiverWire) A new species of jellyfish was discovered last month, one that didn’t even require scuba gear to see – it splashed up right on a Tasmanian shore.
Researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia believe the jellyfish may be related to the “lion’s mane” jelly found in the area. Over five feet in length, this new species was found to be mostly harmless, despite its painful sting.
“It’s a whopper,” said Lisa-ann Gershwin, a scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. “We do get large jellyfish and this one just happened to be this absolutely enormous specimen.”
The beached jellyfish was discovered by twelve-year-old Xavier Lim, who was hunting for shells on the Howden beach with his family at the time. When asked how new species turn up so often, Gershwin had this to say: “It’s one of these things that really makes us come face-to-face with the fact that there are things we don’t know about out there in nature, particularly in the ocean.”
Jellyfish have been swimming seas and even freshwater lakes for over half-a-billion years.