Author Topic: Is it Sea Jellies or Jellyfish?  (Read 2140 times)


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Is it Sea Jellies or Jellyfish?
« on: March 21, 2013, 13:31:52 UTC »
I am constantly surprised to see how many educated divers continue to refer sea jellies as jellyfish. They are not fish. They do not have gills or scales. They are chordates while jellies are ctenopores and cnidarians. Many people are comfortable with using the name sea stars instead of starfish. Don't know why they can't get comfortbale with the name sea jellies? To my surprise Ben Davison constantly uses the word jellyfish in the book "There's a Cockroach in my Regulator."


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Re: Is it Sea Jellies or Jellyfish?
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2013, 10:40:00 UTC »
That was a point to ponder actually,however we call them jelly fish just because we've heard of jelly fish. There are several kinds of fish,we tend to call strange animals in water as fish with a prefix what they look like. for example star fish.


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