Playing Under the Sea at Palau

Last year, I was given a super-duper under water camera, and I’ve had a ton of fun playing under the sea at Palau, Sardinia, Italy. Sometimes there’s nothing to capture but turquoise water, waves, and wet luscious sand, but that doesn’t deter me from enjoying the many faucets of this new camera. Continue reading

Fried Egg Jellyfish

Living in the Mediterranean certainly has its ups and it also has its downs. After six weeks of not setting foot in the warm waters of the Asinara Bay we finally made the trek down to Tinnari for a refreshing swim.

I was just about to leap into the water when I noticed this floating very close to shore:

Tinnari by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life 2013 (10)

The Cotylorhiza tuberculata is a species of jellyfish found in the Mediterranean and goes by the hilarious name of Fried Egg Jellyfish.

I wasn’t about to take a flying leap into the inviting waters after I saw this jellyfish! However, this type of jellyfish sting has little to no effect on human beings. I didn’t know that then and even now with this knowledge I would never dive into waters with these jellyfish swimming around. I mean, just look at those purple tentacles.

Tinnari by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life 2013 (11)

Swimming wasn’t an option, so I took a little walk along the shoreline enjoying the warm September sun when I spotted this:

Tinnari by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life 2013 (13)

And there were a lot! I’m not too sure what species this type of jellyfish is, it could be: Rhizostoma pulmo or a rhopilema. The above photo is the best of the hundred I took. I did watch it for sometime and noted that it resembled a porcini mushroom.

Even though I didn’t get the much-needed swim in, it was still a beautiful day!

Do you know what type of jellyfish is in the above photo?

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