Cyanea Capillata.

Shelby and Natalie.

Lion's Mane Jellyfish.

The lion's mane jellyfish, also known as "hair jelly", is the largest known species of jellyfish.

Phylum Cnidaria.

Class Scyphozoa.

Appearance of Cyanea Capitillata.

  • The lion’s mane jellyfish can grow to over 2 m wide and its tentacles can be up to 60 m long.
  • The lion’s mane jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the Atlantic Ocean.

When and Where the Jellyfish is Found:

Can be found in the cooler regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, North Sea and Baltic. They are especially prevalent near the east coast of Britain.

Is this Dangerous?

Stings are very painful, but generally not fatal. (Only 8 deaths have been caused by them).

Jellyfish have become such a problem in Japan, that an official committee has been formed to combat them. They are caught in special nets and destroyed and researchers are trying to promote them as a food source: they are sold dried and salted, turned into cookies and a kind of tofu, and a collagen - a product beneficial for the skin- is being extracted from their skin.