Friday, 7 February 2014

Giant ‘snot’ jellyfish washes ashore – scientists say it could be a new species

Thursday 6 Feb 2014 10:27 am

A giant ‘snot’ jellyfish that washed ashore in Australia is baffling scientists, who say it could be a new species.

The 1.5-metre creature (4ft 11in) was discovered by a family last month as they collected shells on a beach near Hobart, Tasmania.

The Lims were so stunned by the gigantic jellyfish they took a photograph and sent it to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Scientists say the sticky blob could be a type of lion’s mane – or ‘snot’ – jellyfish, but they have never seen one so big before. Researchers believe this previously unidentified giant jellyfish could be a new type.

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