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What is the ball-shaped jellyfish that I see so often around here?

Gareth McGrath
StarNews

The most common bell-shaped jellyfish in local waters this time of year is the cabbage head jelly, which is also known as the jellyball and even sometimes the jellybomb.

Andy Wood, education director for Audubon North Carolina, said the harmless jelly has a pretty, purplish rim around it’s opaque-colored white bell body.

This particular species of jellyfish also doesn’t have any tentacles, although Wood said they do have stinging cells inside their bell body

“But you have to have very tender skin to feel them,” he said.

Sometimes other jellies with similar body types that can sting can be found in local waters, although it’s not very common.

Still, Wood said it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“If you’re not sure what you’re looking at, the best thing to do is leave it alone,” he said.

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One Response to “ What is the ball-shaped jellyfish that I see so often around here?”

  1. On August 24, 2010 at 10:40 am Josh wrote:

    Cannonball Jelly is another name for this jelly and you’ll find a lot more information searching for cannonball jelly online.



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