Jellyfish

A:

Jellyfish are opportunistic carnivores that will eat almost anything they come across. Smaller jellyfish consume plankton, larger ones eat fish eggs, crustaceans and snails, and the very largest jellyfish can catch and eat whole fish. Jellyfish can also be cannibalistic.

See Full Answer
Filed Under:
  • Are jellyfish carnivores, herbivores or omnivores?

    Q: Are jellyfish carnivores, herbivores or omnivores?

    A: Jellyfish are carnivores and excellent predators. They sting with tentacles to subdue small aquatic fish, and eat the eggs and invertebrates that stick to their tentacles.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • What is the jellyfish's habitat?

    Q: What is the jellyfish's habitat?

    A: Jellyfish are found in all of the Earth's oceans, including the very deep sea, as well as shallow saltwater lakes. Various jellyfish species have a wide range of living preferences, with some preferring arctic waters, and others preferring warmer tropical waters. There are animals called hydrozoans that are closely related to jellyfish and live in freshwater lakes.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • How do jellyfish swim?

    Q: How do jellyfish swim?

    A: Jellyfish swim by opening and closing a part of their body called the bell, which is the transparent, sack like part of their body that the tentacles hang from. The bell catches water when it opens and ejects it when it closes, propelling the jellyfish forward.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • What are some predators of the jellyfish?

    Q: What are some predators of the jellyfish?

    A: Some predators of the jellyfish include other jellyfish, sunfish, some sea turtles and humans. Occasionally birds and other fish will bite around the non-venomous inner tissue of the jellyfish, dodging the outer tentacles altogether.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • Can you get a pet jellyfish for kids?

    Q: Can you get a pet jellyfish for kids?

    A: Non-poisonous jellyfish, such as Moon jellyfish and Blue Blubber jellyfish, are widely available and appropriate as pets for children. Pet jellyfish for kids require a special aquarium and fish-specific diets.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • How are jellyfish scientifically classified?

    Q: How are jellyfish scientifically classified?

    A: Jellyfish are animals of the phylum Cnidaria, class Scyphozoa, order Semaeostomeae and family Cyaneidae. The phylum Cnidaria is an incredibly ancient group of invertebrate animals, stretching back hundreds of millions of years. Jellyfish are among the oldest types of multicellular animals. True jellyfish have a number of distinguishing characteristics by which they are classified.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • What are the body parts of a jellyfish?

    Q: What are the body parts of a jellyfish?

    A: A jellyfish's body is made up mainly of water, along with a jelly-like substance called mesoglea, tentacles, a mouth and a thin layer of skin. Its body is around 90 percent water and its skin is only one cell thick.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • How does a jellyfish move?

    Q: How does a jellyfish move?

    A: Jellyfish move by floating with the ocean's currents, jet propulsion or by using cilia. Jellyfish typically move deep in the water, though some move in shallow water. Man-o'-wars float on top of the water.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • What do moon jellyfish eat?

    Q: What do moon jellyfish eat?

    A: Moon jellyfish primarily eat planktonic crustaceans, but they also eat other small plankton including molluscs, fish eggs and smaller jellyfish. They catch their food with sticky mucus that lines the underside of their bells and then direct it into their four stomach pouches with their tentacles.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • What are jellyfish made of?

    Q: What are jellyfish made of?

    A: Jellyfish are made of 95 percent water and 5 percent solid matter. The solid matter is composed of three layers: the epidermis is the outer layer, the mesoglea or the jelly is the middle layer and the gastrodermis is the inner layer.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • What is a red jellyfish?

    Q: What is a red jellyfish?

    A: The red jellyfish, Tiburonia granrojo, is a large, predatory species of jellyfish living deep in the Pacific Ocean. Dark red in color, it grows to 2 to 3 feet in diameter and has a fleshy appearance.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • What kinds of food do jellyfish eat?

    Q: What kinds of food do jellyfish eat?

    A: Jellyfish are opportunistic carnivores that will eat almost anything they come across. Smaller jellyfish consume plankton, larger ones eat fish eggs, crustaceans and snails, and the very largest jellyfish can catch and eat whole fish. Jellyfish can also be cannibalistic.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • Q: What is the deadliest jellyfish?

    A: The box jellyfish is the deadliest jellyfish in the world. While most types of jellyfish are harmless, a single box jellyfish contains enough venom to kill 60 people.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • How do you make a jellyfish tank?

    Q: How do you make a jellyfish tank?

    A: Although there are several approaches to making a jellyfish tank, the most straightforward method involves modifying the filtration system of an existing home aquarium. The required supplies are a 5-gallon aquarium with lid light, an under-gravel filter plate with modular air tube, rigid filter tubing, 7 pounds of glass aquarium substrate beads, a small air pump, distilled water and a bag of seawater aquarium salt mix.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • Q: Do jellyfish have brains?

    A: Jellyfish do not have brains, and most barely have nervous systems. They have primitive nerve cells that help them orient themselves in the water and sense light and touch. Jellyfish can be tiny or grow to several feet in diameter.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • Q: How much do jellyfish weigh?

    A: The weight of a jellyfish depends on the species. One of the more common species, the deadly box jellyfish, can weigh up to about 5 pounds.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • Q: What eats jellyfish?

    A: Creatures that eat jellyfish include tuna, sharks and sea turtles such as the leatherback and the hawksbill. These animals eat jellyfish despite their prey's stinging tentacles. Jellyfish also eat each other.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • Q: Where do sea anemones live?

    A: Sea anemones are found clinging to sea ice at the poles, adorning coral reefs in the tropics and throughout the world's oceans. The vast majority of sea anemones are found in shallow waters, though scientists have identified species that live at depths of approximately 33,000 feet.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • Q: What do jellyfish look like?

    A: Most jellyfish are translucent, often umbrella shaped organisms which come in a variety colors and sizes - some larger than a human and some as small as a pinhead. Though the majority of jellyfish are harmless to humans, there are a few species, such as the Portuguese man-of-war, that can cause severe injury and even death.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • Q: How many babies do jellyfish have?

    A: Jellyfish release thousands of larvae that settle on the ocean floor and turn into polyps that become baby jellyfish. Male jellyfish release sperm into the water and the sperm either fertilizes eggs that the female releases into the water or enter through the female's mouth and fertilize her eggs.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:
  • Q: Is there a clear jellyfish species?

    A: Many species of jellyfish are transparent or partially transparent. The bell-shaped body of the jellyfish is filled with a gelatinous substance that is mostly water. With no skeleton and few specialized internal organs, there is very little to prevent light from passing through a jellyfish's body.
    See Full Answer
    Filed Under:

Explore Marine Life