Moon Jellyfish Take the Sting Out Of Your Undersea Explorations

Colorless, brainless, heartless, rudderless – jellyfish embody quite a lot of qualities that are “less” than ideal. It’s generally smart to steer clear of these bad boys during your undersea adventures, unless, of course, you happen upon a Moon Jellyfish.

What’s a Moon Jellyfish?

Their scientific name is Aurelia Aurita, though they’re also known as Common or Saucer Jellyfish.

(Personally I like Moon Jelly the best.)

Unlike their more infamous stinging cousins, Moon Jellyfish are harmless, something I discovered while snorkeling with my family in Bimini.

It was early in the morning of our second full day moored off the coast of Gun Cay. My sons and I were getting in a little snorkel around the boat that was our home for the weekend when this guy, and a few of his friends, wandered into our way.

Diving Into Jelly-Infested Waters

Us guys were startled for sure, but not more so than my wife. She just happened to splash onto the scene soon after we spotted the Moonies…

Diving in among the Moon Jellies in Bimini, The Bahamas/SBPR
Diving in among the Moon Jellies in Bimini, The Bahamas/SBPR

Yeah, she hopped back onto the boat even faster than she jumped in.

Gentle Jellyfish

Later, our captain, Chris, explained that we had nothing to fear. He even went so far as to delicately pick up a Moon Jellyfish to prove it.

A handful of Moon Jelly/SBPR
A handful of Moon Jelly/SBPR

The bottom side, he explained, is very delicate. That’s where you’ll find the four circular-shaped gonads that are the Moon Jelly’s trademark. Once you see those, you know you’re in the clear.

For the Moon Jelly, though, it’s another story. As Chris said…

This is one jellyfish that has more to fear from us than we do from him.

Last updated by Steve Bennett on .

Related Posts

Bimini sandbars

Bimini Sandbars – Full Day of Exhaustive Fun in The Bahamas

You can seemingly run forever on the sandbars strewn about the Bimini archipelago set in the most westerly corner of The Bahamas.

Escape to The Bahamas


Many Splendored Bimini Blues

The blues you'll encounter out on the seas that surround the Bimini archipelago always astound.
Send this to a friend