This is gigantic and AWESOME!
CSIRO scientists are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish after one washed up on a beach in southern Tasmania.
The 1.5 metre jellyfish was found by a family walking on a beach at Howden, south of Hobart, last month.
There have been several reported in waters off the state and the research body has also captured specimens.
They have been seen but not officially named. There is this type specimen now so it can be studied and named. Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin remarked on it’s unusual size, “It’s a whopper!” Indeed. Jellyfish are crazy weird. They are found in every ocean.
The largest known jelly was the Nomura’s jellyfish, Nemopilema nomurai, found in Japan, Korea and China which can reach 200 centimetres (79 in) in bell (body) diameter and about 200 kilograms (440 lb) in weight. It is thought that ocean warming, lack of preditors and increase in nutrient runoff are sparking a bloom in jellyfish. This is not a good thing.
But this monster is truly amazing. What an exciting find!