Jellyfish







Photography by Dee Puett

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  1. Beautiful photos.
    Speaking of jellyfishes, in a book of cryptozoology I bought years ago, whose Italian title translated into English is "Mysterious animals. Fiction or truth?", the author - French zoologist Jean-Jacques Barloys - wrote as follows:
    An Australian magazine (Psychic Australian, 4, 3, June 1979, p. 2) has told an extraordinary experience, but, to tell the truth, not very credible. But, after all, who can say?...
    In 1973, a cargo ship, the Kuranda, was located off Sidney. Almost submerged by a wave, the ship found out it had on the deck an enormous gelatinous mass, about twenty tons of weight... it was a colossal jellyfish. Its tentacles, some of which measured sixty metres, slid on the deck and embraced the engine room; one struck to death the lookout. The Kuranda launched SOS; a ship came, and its crew, with powerful fire pumps, knocked at sea the fantastic animal...".
    Personally, I don't believe in this evocative event, but in case it was true, we would find ourselves in front of a creature worthy of Lovecraftian monsters, a kind of giant version of the infamous box jellyfish, who lives just in Australian waters.
    What do you think, Gordon?

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    1. It's interesting, but I don't believe a word of it. The weight, especially, stretches credibility. The length of the tentacles, however, is not too far-fetched; I believe 30 meters or so is on record for a big jelly. But even specimens like that only weigh a few kilos.

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  2. As we read in the excerpt I reported, Barloy himself doesn't believe in the Kuranda episode.
    However, also him, in the book, makes statements not worthy of a serious scientist.
    For example, he is convinced that the Loch Ness Monster really exists and that the Megalodon not only is not extinct, but... is even the main prey of the Giant Squid! :-))
    Both hilarious and delirious, don't you think?

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