Upside-down jellyfish on the ocean floor release venom-filled blobs of mucus, which can sting nearby swimmers, new research reveals.
The jellyfish, formally known as Cassiopea xamachana , have a weird, plant-like appearance and they typically are stuck to the ocean’s floor.
According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium , these jellyfish are typically found living in the mangrove forests and lagoons of southern Florida, Hawaii, the Indo-Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean.
When snorkelers are in those areas, they sometimes develop a strange itching sensation.
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