Jellyfish that glow do so in order to attract prey and as a form of defense against predators. Jellyfish are able to do so due to phosphorescence, luminescence or bioluminescence.Continue Reading
Jellyfish, such as sea nettles, use their ability to glow to surprise or frighten away predators. This works because the small size and long tentacles of the jellyfish are magnified by the light, making them appear larger to potential predators. Some jellyfish drop their tentacles as a form of distraction that can confuse predators. Predators are typically attracted by the light of the falling tentacle and focus their attention on it instead of the jellyfish's body, which gives the jellyfish the chance to escape.
Some jellyfish use phosphorescence to absorb energy and slowly release it over time in the form of light. This is what gives them the appearance of glowing. Others, such as the Aequorea victoria, use the luminescent protein aequorin and fluorescent molecules to create bioluminescence that causes them to glow. The small amount of sunlight that reaches the ocean's depths where some jellyfish live allows the water to absorb red, orange and yellow light while simultaneously scattering ultraviolet light, which is absorbed by jellyfish and many other glowing sea creatures.Learn more about Jellyfish
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.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
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No predators regularly hunt electric eels thanks to their potent defense mechanisms. Electric eels can produce up to 650 volts with their larger electrical organs, and they use this to stun prey and deter predators, sometimes causing significant injury. Even humans largely avoid electric eels.Full Answer >