Phacellophora camtschatica – egg yolk jellyfish

Fried Egg Jellyfish (Phacellophora camtschatica) – this jellyfish is also known as Egg yolk jelly.

Phacellophora camtschatica - egg yolk jelly

This jellyfish looks like a fried egg as seen from above. This cool-water species can be found in many parts of the world’s oceans. The diet of Fried egg jellyfish is a small fish and small crabs.

Phacellophora camtschatica - egg yolk jellyfish

Fried egg jellyfish the size is about 60 cm (24 inches) in diameter. The tentacles can be up to 6 m (20 ft) long. The color of a fried egg jellyfish is a yellow spot in the big bell-like shape.

Spends much the time motionless or slowly pulsing the bell while drifting with tentacles extended 10-20 feet or more. Feeds on gelatinous zooplankton, especially other medusae.

The colored portion of the body under the transparent swimming bell consists of the gonads, stomach and the oral arms surrounding the mouth. Reproduction is complicated, involving egg and sperm production by the swimming adult or medusa resulting in a planulae larva that seeks a sheltered home. After attachment it grows for a while forming a polyp which then buds off small medusa. In the laboratory it took about 9 months for an ephyra to grow into a mature medusa.

The tentacles, which hang down some 10 to 20 ft, contain stinging cells (nematocysts). They use the stinging cells to capture prey such as shrimp and fish (Lion’s mane) or other medusa (Fried egg jelly). While the Fried egg jelly’s sting is described as a mild, the Lion’s mane sting can be quite painful.

A smaller jellyfish, Cotylorhiza tuberculata, typically found in warmer water, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea, is also popularly called a fried egg jellyfish.

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Mediterranean “fried egg” jellyfish

Cotylorhiza tuberculata is a species of jellyfish, also known as the Mediterranean jelly or fried egg jellyfish. It is commonly found in the Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea and Adriatic Sea.

cotylorhiza tuberculata

C. tuberculata is usually less than 17 cm wide. The smooth, elevated dome is surrounded by a gutter-like ring. The marginal lappets are elongated and subrectangular. Each mouth-arm bifurcates near its base and branches several times. In addition to some larger appendages there are many short, club-shaped ones that bear disk-like ends.

The unusual looking Mediterranean jelly, also known as the “fried egg” jelly, has a smooth, elevated bell surrounded by a ring. It has numerous short, clublike appendages that expand and flatten at the ends, in addition to some longer ones. The clustered appendages contain mouth-arm openings that are colored deep purple.

This jelly only lives for about half a year, from summer to winter. Researchers think this short life span is the result of adapting to a highly seasonal environment where the water temperature varies greatly.

Photographer Barry Bland came across one of the free-swimming marine animal – and was thrilled to find that it looked just like a fried egg.

fried egg yellow jellyfish

The jellyfish lives in warmer waters as it needs a lot of sunlight to survive. With bright blue balls of colour speckling its umbrella-shaped bell, the eye-catching sea creature alternated between resembling a decorative lamp and a welcome addition to a fry-up.

fried egg yellow jellyfish

fried egg yellow jellyfish

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the more common areas they’re found, as well as the Aegean and Adriatic seas, given their need for a large concentration of sunlight to survive.

And while they’re stunning to look at, they’re also considerably safer to be around than their counterparts, as their sting has very little or no effect on humans.

fried egg yellow jellyfish

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Phacellophora camtschatica – cool-water fried egg (egg yolk) jellyfish

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