Project Description

Compass Jellyfish

Scientific name: Chrysaora hysoschella
Size: Up to 30cm diameter
Description: 16 distinct vertical lines on the bell giving its name. Yellow/white in colour.
Habitat: British coastal waters, mostly South-Western.

  • The stinging cells of Chrysaora hysoschella produce a strong venom causing a painful, long-lasting sting in humans.
  • They use their stings to catch and eat small fish, crustaceans, and other jellyfish.
  • Young fish have been seen swimming around the jellyfish tentacles for protection from predators!
  • Juveniles appear in British waters in May.

Photo credit: Paul Naylor