Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 10: Polyorchis penicillatus

Photo by Charlene Boarts

Photo by Charlene Boarts


We're releasing yet more jellyfish mini-episodes for our uncommonly charming gang of supporters on Patreon. Join them to get this episode, as well as the entire back-catalogue. This week, we're introducing Polyorchis penicillatus (a.k.a. the bell jelly). This gorgeous jelly was once common, but now its medusae are as elusive as the mystery of its polyp stage.⁣

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This episode features Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin, the author of Stung: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future Of The Ocean, and Jellyfish: A Natural History.  Learn more about her work at

Music for this episode was produced by Sunfish Moon Light.

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