Project Description

This oval-anchored stalked jelly (Haliclystus stejnegeri) was interesting to watch as it swayed with the mild current in an eelgrass bed.  These jellies remain attached to an object by a stalk for their lifetime, and do not have the pulsing free swimming stage of other jellies. They can slowly move around though by dragging their base across the object to which they are attached.  The eight arms of the oval-anchored stalked jelly are tipped with clusters of tentacles used to capture prey.  This jelly can vary in colour with individuals being shades of reddish-brown, green or orange/yellow.  The oval-anchored stalked jelly can grow to 1.2 inches (3 cm) across with a range from northern Alaska to Washington.