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The second constituent of the great jelly population of the plankton
community, these supremely transparent predators appear to be limp,
lifeless and lazy. In reality they are as carnivorous and cunning
as many a science fiction felon. Mixed swarms of gigantic proportions
inhabit parts of all the major oceans and recently some have invaded
inland water bodies such as the Balck Sea and now threaten to annihilate
the local fishing industry. Some comb jellies feed avidly on their
own cousins, as exhibited in this panel.
Many comb jellies are relatively large, up to 180 cm in the case
of one weird strap-shaped species, and all are characterised by
the most spectacular flashing comb plates that catch the sunlight
and split it like a prism into its rainbow colours. Most individuals
also glow with shifting bioluminescence at night giving whole acres
of ocean an eerie, flashing green glow, as ships pass through. Many
comb jellies frequent the North Sea and are easily seen in calm
conditions from ferries and cruise ships.