April 21, 2010

Jellies at Monterey Bay Aquarium


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photo by Donald Kinney

Yep, that's right folks, on Monday, after an adventurous day of shooting at Point Lobos (between Carmel and Big Sur) I stopped by the Monterey Bay Aquarium to say hello to the Jellies.



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photo by Donald Kinney

I've been to the aquarium twice before but the Jellies just blow me away. They propel themselves slowly from the bottom of the tank to the top, and then drift down again swaying their stringy tentacles as they go.



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photo by Donald Kinney

And sometimes, for whatever reason, if they decide they need to go sideways; by contracting those "bells" they can push themselves through the water.



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photo by Donald Kinney

And though I call them Jellyfish or just Jellies, the species here (there are over 200) are known as Sea Nettles. And with a name like "Nettles" it's best not to come in direct contact with these creatures -- people have died from their stings.


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5 comments:

gary said...

awesome don...the jellies in text 2 appear to be doing a dance...beautiful clarity, love the blue background...

Mulleh said...

I think Jellies are really scary.. But I just gotta say: WOW! THIS is really beautiful :)

Love it!

adampaulphotography said...

Well-captured - I know from experience that jellyfish tank is not easy to photograph!

photowannabe said...

Stupendous Don. I think Jellies are fascinating and so beautiful but I didn't like getting stung by one in the Carribian waters.

Brad said...

Beautiful, Don, and superbly captured. I can watch those for hours...

 
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