Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords 7: Ctenophora

Mertensia ovum (Arctic Sea Nut)  photo by Maia Valenzuela⁣

Mertensia ovum (Arctic Sea Nut) photo by Maia Valenzuela⁣


Ctenophora! A diverse group of otherworldly beauty. These are the comb jellies, named after the rows of cilia they use to hum through the water. Their rainbows of colours are the reflections of these tiny cilia as they wave, propelling the ctenophore through the ocean.⁣ These are the largest creatures on earth that use cilia for locomotion.

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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 Sour Gout

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