Back to the Atlantic, and the tiny jellyfish off the Cape Breton coast. And I do mean tiny. The biggest one pictured here, being just over an inch big. To someone like myself, who lives far inland they do seem rather exotic and fascinating. They way they pulse and flow around in the water and the seemingly endless forms. I spent quite a bit of time observing them, and photographing them, using a macro lens. Scooping them into a white bucket and then returning them to the sea. Some, almost invisible, and no bigger than my smallest fingernail. Elegant creatures of grace.
It’s hard to imagine how such delicate soft-bodied creatures as jellyfish could end up on the fossil record but there are some examples. If, like me, you have an interest in fossils, you may want to check out this blog entry: Eternal Jellies in the World Ocean on Graham Young’s blog, Ancient Shore.
A young Pelagia (mauve stinger) jellyfish, just over an inch across.
You may have noticed there is a tiny crustacean (possibly an amphipod) hanging out the young Pelagia pictured above. Whatever it is, it had itself firmly attached.
Above:A small juvenile of the moon jelly, Aurelia
Above: Hydromedusae Aglantha
Below: A barely there Aglantha in disguise.
An adult Halitholus above and a juvenile below.
Comb jelly Pleurobrachia (Sea Gooseberry)
A comb jelly accompanied by a Tiaropsis on the right.
There were thousands of these tiny jellyfish near the shoreline. Tiaropsis, leptomedusan hydrozoanin.
*If any of these sea jellies appear to be identified incorrectly, please feel free to contact me.
It seems I’ve been away from the ocean for too long. There’s always the Pacific…
See you in a couple of weeks! 🙂
All images © Karen McRae, 2012
154 thoughts on “Sea Jellies”
WoW!!!! Stunning captures once again Karen!!! 🙂 **
amazing Karen!! I have to admit to being quite scared of jellyfish, but these are so beautiful..
❤ them…the tiny details…veil like.
Amazingly fragile and lovely creatures, Karen. Wonderful pix!!
Amazing photographs..really cool sea jellies.
i am moved by the intricate yet simple grace of these creatures. so glad you posted more.
thank you for exploring so carefully and sharing so generously 🙂
These are not only remarkable photos, but between you and the jelly, we can enjoy living works of art.
Love these! Thanks so much for sharing. Your work is always so inspiring (on many levels) – do you have any details posted on your process, like what lenses you use etc. I’m just curious. For example are these creatures captured and shot in the studio or in situ? Thanks again!
Sorry I sent that last post BEFORE reading your prose…
Stunningly beautiful pictures !
As you are the expert to capture the image of something between
exists and not exists or beyond exists = it is to say, they are
the graphical demonstration of Karen’s photography. 🙂
Couldn’t believe to be exists, still there to be exists, even in
Superb images. You not only capture the physical characteristics of the jellyfish you enable us to sense their movement through the water. These are beautiful and evocative pictures.
these are amazing. I love the detail you’ve managed to catch.
These are absolutely incredible captures, Karen. What incredible creatures.
A classic Karen post! Amazing stuff!
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Excellent work !!!
Fascinating, great photos.
Amazing! I love how you captured the movement. simply beautiful. 🙂
truly natural art works, the jellies and the photographs 😉 , great!! i wonder what kind of sound they make…
Gorgeousness in extremis! .. looking forward to you getting back already!
Ibid on all the comments! Have a beautiful trip. XO
Absolutely wonderful! I can’t stop looking at them. What spectacular shots.
So elegant and frail! It takes talent and a very trained eye to do this. As I’ve said before you are an artist, Karen.
Wow, I live in UAE, Dubai, where you rarely see jelly fishes. Or is it me, just not a very big beach type of person as I usually prefer going to the pool. But the only type of jelly fish I have seen in real are those really big blob of jelly’s that don’t have tails. There are lots of them in spring time here. But beside that season, it doesn’t seem to be so plenty.
Wow! Karen these images are just magnificent! I cannot choose one that I like the best because all of them are incredible – colour, texture, light, composition.
Some of them look more abstract than the others, and this made them even more special (well to my eyes)
This is my favourite post of yours to date Karen. You captured magic and beauty with these jellyfish. These are sensational photos; an amazing series.
Marina, thank you. I am touched by your comment. 🙂
They are very beautiful photographs, Karen. You must have been excited when you saw them. No need to respond. Carla
Very delicate jellies captured elegantly. 😀
Shez, much thanks to you! 😀
Oh! Just Magic. Thanks for these … simply stunning.
Thank you, Sydney!
Wow, Karen. I always love your work, but these took my breath away. Brava.
Christine, thank you! I truly appreciate your comment.
Very interesting pics!
BEAUTIFUL! I want one of those jellies to fill one of my walls. Want, Want, WANT (said like a semi truck blaring its horn)!
Hi Anna, thank you very much! I’m sure we could arrange something. 😉
As soon as I sell a book or win the lottery, I’m knocking on your door.
Am fascniated by sea jellies, and I have really enjoyed reading through this post and looking at the accompanying images. Thanks for sharing!
I once encountered a large version of one of these while swimming – Caribbean. Fabulous photos. Underwater life forms have to be the most fascinating of all planetary forms. It’s no wonder they inspire science fiction and fantasy art. Ann
I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award.
If you’d like to accept this award then please take it to your blog and pass it on – if this is not your thing then please accept this as a compliment on your blog. Thank you. 🙂
Thank you very much, that is very kind of you! sorry for the late reply – I’ve been away for a few weeks! Cheers! 🙂
It’s a pleasure. I really enjoyed your blog. 🙂
these are really so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! Much appreciated.
I usually dislike Jellyfish very much and avoid swimming whenever these creatures invade the ocean waters, but the ones you’ve taken pictures of, look kind of cute:).
Stunningly beautiful -capturing the details of such tiny creatures. The translucent bodies, barely visible, just fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing these photos with us! Kathleen.
Hi Kathleen, Thanks very much!
These sweet lollipops of the sea – that’s what they look like to me – are utterly gorgeous! I love them! Jelly-lectable! 🙂
Thank you, I love your description! 🙂
Amazing creatures. And lovely shots showing all the beauty and grace.
Incredible photos, Karen…
I’ve been wondering where you are…and hoping all is well.
Hi Scott, all is well! I’ve been in British Columbia and just got back yesterday. Thank you!
Hello, Karen…I just saw your newest post in my email…will be visiting you soon…and very glad to hear/read that all is well. 🙂
Amazing pictures. Really neat.
Spectacular images — truly breathtaking. Jellyfish are my FAVORITE! (Favorite what, I don’t know…just favorite…)
Amazing photos. 🙂 Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.
Those sea gooseberries are uber cute! I just read an article on how they propel themselves – they actually create a vortex that shoots them forward. Quite amazing really. Wonderful pictures. Thanks so much for posting them so that someone who’s nowhere near the ocean gets a chance to see them 🙂 Though apparently someone swears there are jellyfish in a lake nearby. Haven’t had a chance to borrow a canoe yet to check it out but now I really want to.
Am fascniated by sea jellies, and I have really enjoyed reading through this post and looking at the accompanying images. Thanks for sharing!
These are absolutely incredible.
Beautiful Sea Beings!
Aww I love these little guys!
Back when I was little, I used to live near a beach with so many jellyfish floating around. This post brought me back. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Wow! God’s creation is incredible! Love your pictures.
I really love jellyfish! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos!
Just amazing, Karen. and congratulations for yet another “freshly pressed” post!
Thanks so much, Lois! 🙂
Goodness me, so beautiful and fascinating! Thank you so much for sharing these!
beautiful captures! I love jellyfish
Amazing! I enjoyed that.
Fascinating photos. Such amazing creatures. Thanks for sharing!
So stunning! I love how different they are- shape & sizes…. really cool. THANK YOU!
What an absolutely spectacular reminder that nature, even in it’s smallest efforts, is awe-inspiring. Stunning photography!
Thanks so much, fellow Ontarians! 🙂
Gorgeous images! Thanks for sharing. So nice to be reminded of the beauty in nature. Cheers, Denise
So beautiful and ethereal. Amazing photos.
Wow! Thank you so much for sharing these photos. It is much easier to appreciate their beauty at this kind of magnification of these creatures. Love, Love, Love.
You Matter! Smiles, Nancy
Superb Photographs. Thanks for sharing.
ThosE are some EXTRAORDINARY pictures! =]
I love these! Thanks for sharing the pictures as well as the information about them!
Great shots.Nice pictures.thank you for sharing.
Really great stuff. Can you imagine the pelagic critters that live deep below the sea. I’m sure you would do justice with your photographs.
I appreciate your words. I kind of wish I was a scuba diver! 🙂
Beautiful jellies Karen. 🙂 Plus you’ve been FP’d, that’s amazing!
Eve, thank you! Yes, a nice surprise to be Freshly Pressed. 🙂
So very very exquisite they are ~ fragile yet lethal, the beatitude of God’s creations.
Jelly fishes have never failed to put me in awe, they dance in the currents like angels… no one word can describe how beautiful they are! You have wonderfully captured their ethereal essence!
it is so amazing.. thanks for sharing,, so beautiful
Love, love, love!! Wow!!
They appear so small and frail but really are majestic sea creatures
AMAZING! Now these are photographs! Congrats on FP. Please stop by my blog/world. 😉
These pictures were really inspiring. Thank you for sharing. I love the clean style of the pictures. Amazing
Wow these really are very beautiful- watching jellyfish is like watch candles burn…it’s just cathartic!
I love shooting jellies; they’re so surreal
Congrats Karen for getting this on Freshly Pressed… ;~)
Hi Rudolf, thank you! 🙂
How did you get that close to the jelly fish and not get stung? We went to Key West, FL during winter break and unfortuantly one sting my daughter. OOOCCHH!
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What a wonderful post! I love the simplicity of the pictures. They elegantly showcase the true wonders of these jellyfish. Marvelous job mate!
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So beautiful! So poetic!
Great photos, they’re almost hypnotic.
Amazing photos. Love seeing these jellyfish in a whole new perspective. Incredible. Congrats for being on Freshly Pressed!
Very interesting and beautiful!
These are so delicate and diaphanous,its a wonder you can even spot them! Just brilliant! And congratulations on being freshly pressed again! You absolutely deserve it.
Thank you so much, Madhu. You are very kind! 🙂
Absolutely loveee jelly fish! Amazing pictures and I´m glad I found this post. 🙂
I’m amazed at your ability to see them as creatures of grace, while I always think of sea jellies as purposeless and too random. Beautiful pictures, I love your perspective!
Fascinating , they are truly beautiful in their own right .
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I adore jellyfish. These are some amazing shots.
very nice picture..realy awesome
This kind of aquatic life fascinates me! Being a busy dad with 5 kids and living in Denver, I never really get to experience this kind of aquatic life. I appreciate you sharing something so delicate.
Thank you, Kevin. I’m happy you enjoy them. I also find them fascinating!
Beautiful jellyfishes! I once touched this creature when I was young while at the beach, my skin suddenly felt so itchy, it burns like hell. From then on, I had a phobia with jellyfishes. 😀
Wow, beautiful pictures, i love them!
sea jellies are beautiful creatures.. thanks for sharing such amazing pictures..
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Really beautiful pictures. Jellyfish can be so elegant!
Wow they are so beautiful one of my favourite creatures.
What a joy to see these, thanks to your patience and your sensitive, scientific eye!
Thank you, Sarah. I’m happy you enjoyed these. 🙂
So pretty! I also found them to be kind of cute 😛
Wonderful photography! Thank you for sharing.
Unas imagenes espectaculares…
great photo… I like ^^
I think they amazing creatures, also. Thank you.
Have you seen the Jellies exhibit at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago? You should come check it out!
I just came back from Vancouver and managed a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, and of course there were jelly fish! 🙂
Thanks for commenting – Do you do exhibition and graphic design?
incredible – amazing photography to capture this – so translucent … like they could just dissolve in seconds.
They do look very fragile, don’t they?
Thank you, Katherine.
not sure how i feel about these!!!! the photos are really incredible but they are so weird looking!!!! beautiful but icky at the same time. intriguing.
simply amazing, I’m in awe of these tiny and beautiful creatures! I’m really drawn in to this other world, I love the amphipod!!
These are all so gorgeous. I’m so curious as to your technique, but whatever it is, the results are all the things everyone else has been saying 🙂 I especially like the little waterbug with the big eyes getting his shot at fame.
Oops, I got too distracted by the photos, clearly … but still, I can’t believe it’s just a bucket 🙂 I’m amazed.
Really enjoying your jellyfish shots. I have a jellyfish biologist in the family and grew up collecting them for research and so on, so have a special affinity to these creatures.
How beautiful and delicate! I like your portable studio (a white bucket) – it’s worked well.
Mesmerizing and magical–what lovely creatures!
Jellies are so awesome… they’re mostly water and yet alive.
Jellyfish are quite beautiful.
again and again, every post is simply beautiful. so inspiring!
Thanks very much, you are very kind!
I keep returning to this one once a week. I feel like, sometime in the future, you’re going to be a well known photographer because of things like this.
Aww. Thanks, Posky.
It’s easy to see how you can get lost peering at these wonderful creatures. And thank you for explaining how you took the photos – I was wondering! The “barely there” Aglantha is gorgeous and fascinating – and the tiniest ones – when you see the plant life they’re with, you know they’re tiny!