PHOTO: Large Jellyfish Found On Beach At Three Tree Point

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Three Tree Point resident Alex Sasonoff sent us this photo he took of what appears to be a very large Lion’s Mane Jellyfish washed up on the beach in Burien last weekend (his dog Dottie is in the pic to show scale):

“It was the largest I have ever seen on the beach – three and one half feet in diameter. I measured it,” Sasanoff said.

And yes, the world’s largest jellyfish do sting – just check out the colorful red and orange tentacles on that guy.

According to Wikipedia:

Lion’s Mane Jellyfish is the largest known species of jellyfish in the world.

Its range is confined to cold, boreal waters of the Arctic, northern Atlantic and northern Pacific Oceans, seldom found farther south than 42°N latitude.

The Arctic Lion’s mane jellyfish is one of the longest known animals; the largest recorded specimen had a bell (body) with a diameter of 2.3 m (7 feet 6 inches) and the tentacles reached 36.5 m (120 feet). It was found washed up on the shore of Massachusetts Bay in 1870. This specimen was longer than a blue whale, which is commonly considered to be the largest animal in the world.

A common species, the lion’s mane jellyfish is well known to divers for its painful, but seldom fatal stings; they are toxic and can cause severe burns. Most encounters cause only temporary pain and localized redness. Although this species is potentially dangerous, only one person has ever been reported to have been killed by this type of jellyfish.

Here’s a video of one of these guys swimming in TTP waters that we previously posted from Youtube user and area diver m4jwilliams:

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3 Responses to “PHOTO: Large Jellyfish Found On Beach At Three Tree Point”
  1. Susie says:

    I am glad I didn’t encounter this on the beach. It is not a very attractive sight.
    Interesting but yucky!

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  2. Stefan says:

    I wonder if that is the same one I swam over last week. Those things freak me out; especially when they have 8 feet of tentacles trailing them.

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  3. ron says:

    The Lion’s mane is desceptively large and packs a nasty sting. It’s hard to realize you can get stung by a Lion’s mane even if the animal is 60-100 feet away from you because the tentacles can be up to 120 ft. in length….been stung…used new jellyfish sting first aid gel named StingMate…works really well…best try to avoid the Lion’s mane….

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