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Jellyfish
Porpita (Jellyfish)
Porpita
Porpita porpita

Appearance: Small, circular disc with blue tentacles.

Size: To 20mm.

Location: Found in Moreton Bay and in tropical and subtropical Australia. Often found washed ashore on beaches.

Information: Also known as the 'blue button'.

Note: The Porpita's sting is not strong but may cause irritation.

Photographed at Bribie Island, Queensland.
Bluebottle
Bluebottle
Physalia Physalis

Appearance: translucent body (bladder) with a blue tint, long blue tentacles. 

Size: To 150mm.

Location: Found in Moreton Bay.

Information: Also known as 'Portuguese Man o' War'. This jellyfish was given this name because the body resembled the triangular sails on the 15th and 16th century Portuguese war ships.

Note: The bluebottle sting is severe. Sting will cause severe pain with symptoms such as anxiety, abdominal cramps and respiratory muscle pain.


Photographed at Bribie Island, Queensland.
Comb-jelly
Comb-jelly
Phylum Ctenophra

Appearance: translucent, flat and oval body.

Size: To 150mm.

Location: Found in Moreton Bay.

Information: Has eight rows of comb-like plates (made up of tiny hairs called 'cilia'), which are visible along the red lines of the animal.

Photographed at Blue Hole (west of Moreton Island), Queensland.
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