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Jelly Fish

Nature volume 23, page 170 | Download Citation



ON November 3, in the B.I.S.N. Co.'s steamer Arcot, Capt. Stevenson, while in lat. 16° 50′ N., long. 55° 45′ E., with the Kuriyan-muriyan islands to the north, thirty to forty miles and three days out from Aden to Karachi, we passed through a vast quantity of brown anemones, the ordinary bell-shaped jelly-fish and strange worm-like (apparently) jelly-fish, floating on and just below the surface. These were first noticed about five in the afternoon, and we were still amongst them when we went below to dinner at six, the vessel steaming about eight knots. The anemones were only peculiar in that they appeared to be rounded at the base and without the ordinary flat surface for adhering to rock or stone; they were in vast numbers and had the feelers expanded. The worm-like or centipede-like jelly-fish were from six to eight feet long and as thick as a man's wrist. They appeared sometimes singly, sometimes many twisted together; they were in slow feeble snake-like motion. All agreed that they were ribbed in appearance; but there was a difference of opinion as to the colour. It was described by some as that of the sea, by others as violet, brown, or purple. Each apparent rib was divided from those next it by a bar of lighter colour.

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  1. Karachi, Sind, November 8



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