Jellies in Pedder Bay to welcome students

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Cyanea capillata

First year students (PC 40) arrived at the College today, second years (PC 39) arrived two days ago and the lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) have come into Pedder Bay to say welcome!

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These jellyfish are one of the very few species in this area which can cause harm to humans – contact with the tentacles usually results in a burning rash.  They are also the world’s largest jellyfish species and can be 2 m in diameter with tentacles several meters long.  The individuals in Pedder Bay are about 30 cm in diameter.

Curiously though we didn’t see this species in Pedder Bay last year…

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Also swimming around the docks to greet the students are Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) – sorry for the terrible photo.

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