Project Description

Comb jellies are predators, and drift in the current in search of a meal.  Amazingly, this lobed sea gooseberry eats fish!  I was so surprised when my dive light caught the reflection of the small silver sided fish inside this comb jelly.  I’m not quite sure what happened here as a comb jelly is very fragile; perhaps the fish was in a weakened state.   I think it’s interesting that the lobed sea gooseberry (Bolinopsis infundibulum) is only one cell thick on its outer and inner walls so it appears almost transparent.  This comb jelly can grow to 6 inches (15 cm) long, with a range from northern Alaska to southern California.