Marine biologist Dr Lisa-Ann Gershwin says blob photo at beach is likely a lion’s mane jellyfish
The identity of a “sunburnt blob” that washed up on a Queensland beach near the Southern Great Barrier Reef has divided the internet.
Followers of a Facebook group, Australian Native Animals, are torn over the species of a jellyfish-looking creature that was photographed at Kemp Beach at Yeppoon.
The post’s author shared the photo with a caption asking, “A friend just posted this on her fb asking if anyone knew what it could be? She said it looked jellyfish.”
Suggestions as to the exact species ranged from whale liver to shark egg casing, but the most common replies were that it was some type of jellyfish.
Several users said that it appeared to be a sea tomato jellyfish.
However marine biologist, Dr Lisa Gershwinsaid it was most likely a lion’s mane cyanea barkeri jellyfish.
Dr Gershwin, who is the director of Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services and co-creator of the jellyfish app, discovered the species herself in 2010 in Mackay.
“The creature in this picture is definitely bunched up, which makes it hard to tell for sure, but I think it’s a 60 per cent probability of being a lion’s mane cyanea barkeri,” she said when sent pictures of the creature.
“The top of the body is quite smooth and richly chocolate brown, which makes me think it’s cyanea.
“It's found throughout Queensland; we have located specimens as far north as Cairns and as far south Moreton Bay.
Dr Gershwin said the lion’s mane cyanea barkeri jellyfish was featured in her app, the Jellyfish App which is available for download.
Originally published as Marine biologist Dr Lisa-Ann Gershwin says blob photo at beach is likely a lion’s mane jellyfish
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