Robert Gaudette

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This carved and stained ivory netsuke is in the form of an octopus caught in an octopus trap.
Signed Ohara Mitsuhiro and Kaigyokusai Masatsugu
Edo Period,  ca. 1825-1875, Japan
Height 2,9 cm.


Did you know that the bell jelly is not a true jelly but rather a “hydromedusa?” Usually smaller than true jellies and not as colorful, they have translucent bells and 100 or more wispy tentacles, and red ocelli, or eyespots, which are sensitive to light. 
Bell jellies also remain in dark, deep waters during the day and come to the surface at night, and spends about half their time near the seafloor, where they feed on small bottom-dwelling creatures. 
Bell jellies used to be abundant in bays and estuaries along the West Coast. But their nearshore seafloor homes have been disturbed by dredging, urbanization and pollution runoff. Jelly populations, especially hydromedusae, are declining in heavily impacted coastal areas.
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Sleepy Hollow - 1999

Fused skulls on display at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.


Othilia Simon in i-D Fall 2012 by Josh Olins

Quartz with Hematite

Bluefire jellysfish | ©Frédéric Lechat  (Off Coast of France)
This is the Blue jellyfish or Bluefire jellyfish, Cyanea lamarckii (Semaeostomeae - Cyaneidae), a beautiful blue jellyfish found in coastal waters all around the British Isles.
It has been recorded from the Shetland Islands, the Orkneys, along the east coast of England, Dartmouth in the south and up through the west coasts of England and Wales.
The bell of Cyanea lamarckii can grow up to 30 cm in diameter. Hollow marginal tentacles arise from the underneath the bell. These are arranged in eight horseshoe or rectangular shaped groups each with 40-60 tentacles. Beneath the bell is a short thick manubrium merging onto four wide membranous and folded curtain like oral lips. The oral lips may be yellowish and fade to white at their extremities.
Its colour varies from translucent through pale yellow, pale brown, pale grey to light blue or purple. In faintly coloured species the blue tends to outline the pattern of the internal sculpting of the bell. Very young specimens are colourless but they take on colour as they mature.


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Michael Schlegel - Iceland, 2009

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