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via: Nelson Mail

via: Nelson Mail

Sorry, I mean, jelly fish that look like breast implants:  

Jellyfish that bear an unusual resemblance to breast implants have arrived on Nelson shores.

The black-lined marine animal “the size of a teacup and maybe the size of a saucer” is apparently harmless, if the behaviour of one swimmer at Little Kaiteriteri is anything to go by. Fellow swimmer Sara-Lee Dabinette was in the area this week and noticed a man weighing up the jellyfish with one in each hand.

Curious, she went closer and discovered that the jellyfish did indeed “feel like mammaries”, and resembled silicon breast implants, except for the black lines.

Stephens Bay bach owner John Midgley, who has taken annual holidays in the area for more than a decade, noticed swarms of what he described as black-rimmed jellyfish in the Astrolabe Roadstead this week. He said it was the first time in all his years in the area he had seen such jellyfish.

“There were swarms of them. They’re almost clear with a black ring around them.”

Time to get an expert on the job.  What are these exactly?

Dennis Gordon, Niwa principal scientist and jellyfish expert in Wellington, said that without seeing the jellyfish himself it was difficult to say exactly what the species might be floating on to Nelson shores, but the description, including that the jellyfish have dark radials extending out from its centre, sounded like they could be hydroid medusa, formally known as Aequorea forskalea.

Dr Gordon said they might be described by some as “breast implants which had been badly handled”.

Good to know Dr Gordon is familiar enough with badly handled breast implants to make that call.

 

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