You probably won't see this little beauty too frequently in Monterey
Bay, but it is unmistakable when making an appearance in surface waters. As with
many other narcomedusae, it holds the rigid tentacles above the bell while swimming.
Aegina is an active swimmer with a rapid, high frequency pulsation of the bell. The
bell is transparent and often colored with a yellowish tinge. Four, and occasionally
5 or 6, tentacles protrude from the bell, which may reach a diameter of 5 cm but is
usually no more than 2 cm in Monterey Bay. Hydromedusae, comb jellies, salps and
other gelatinous zooplankton fall prey to this jelly. Aegina is widely distributed
throughout warm and temperate seas.
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