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It took me two trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to finally get this shot. These are amazing jellyfish in their beauty and especially in how gracefully they swim together. It appears to be a slow and graceful dance. I found them fascinating and, it turned out, very difficult to photograph. But, with a little patience and persistence, I got the photograph I wanted, one that captured their graceful movement in a still image. Make sure you click on the image to enlarge it. It really adds to the experience.
The Aquarium provided this information about the Indonesian Sea Nettle:
“Meet a deadly beauty. This jelly trails a dangerous curtain of vintage lace and ghostly white tentacles. As delicate as those parts look, they’re beaded with thousands of stinging cells.
The stinging cells stun both food and foe with a deadly dose of toxins. These cells help a jelly capture plankton and small fishes and defend against predators. Range: western Pacific ocean.” If you haven’t been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium before or recently, it’s a must see place. One of the finest aquariums in the world. I am very lucky to live so close and to be a member.
These photos were taken with a Canon EOS 6D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS lens, 1/160 sec at f/5.6, -1 EV, ISO 12,800 captured on a Lexar 400x SDXC UHS-1 memory card.