The term "jellyfish" encompasses about species, ranging in size from microscopic to more than seven feet wide and 100 feet long. These are purple-lipped cross jellyfish. Mother Nature has all the best patterns.
Jelly-Riding Crab Photograph by Hannah Johnson. A crab clings to its floating host as both are swept out to sea near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. One role jellyfish play in the marine ecosystem is the transport of other animals across the ocean.
The rare flower hat jelly’s lilac-tipped fringe can deliver a painful sting. Found off Brazil, Argentina, and southern Japan, the jelly’s tentacles can coil and uncoil and are used to capture small fish and other food.