Why I am always with my gang
Monday, May 28, 2012
Jelly fish are magnificent creatures which increase the beauty of many water bodies. Their translucent lacey bodies float in the waters as though they were dancing to the sound of the waves. Around 200 species of jelly fish are said to be existing. One of them is Mauve Stingers.
Mauve stingers are bio luminescent water organisms. When you see a mauve stinger it is hard to pass by these magnificent creatures without admiring and adoring them, but these dainty looking creatures also share a notorious reputation. Mauve stingers are ferocious stingers.
They have eight stinging tentacles and are covered with tiny red spots. Don’t fall in love with these spots when you see them and don’t even dare to touch them because these are nothing but the stinging cells. The sting might be painful. If you have ever encountered a mauve stinger and got stung by its tentacles, then I am sure that you might have experienced the immense pain.
You will feel that you are going to die because of the immense pain that would be induced where you have been stung. But, it is not dangerous. It is the mucous produced by the mauve stinger in its surface cells, which is luminous in nature. When a wave disturbs or knocks a mauve stinger the luminous mucous is produced.
The mauve stinger is said to have oral arms. These are those tentacles that hang from the mushroom shaped body of the mauve stinger. The stinging cells that are present in its tentacles are generally used for paralyzing and entangling small planktonic organisms. The sticky mucous, which is then produced holds the prey. The stinger sucks it up through the grooves present in the arms and then into the mouth.
Mauve stingers are said to be always found in groups. They are never solo. The reason behind this is that they bloom in large figures. The reproduction technique followed among mauve stingers is very haphazard and does not involve any fixed stage. The eggs and sperms are shed in the water. The eggs are fertilized and after an eventual process they develop into oval and tiny planula larvae. This planula larva in the early stages is covered with hair like cilia. Soon, the larva is directly transformed into tiny, minute soccer shaped lobed medusa, which is known as Ephyra. This is eventually seen growing into an adult mauve stinger.
Since the sperms and eggs are released in large numbers and in close proximity the fertilization takes place in mass numbers. Numerous mauve stingers are given birth and take shape at the same time with the same pace. That is why these mauve stingers are found floating together and living together as one group. The entire group is born together, develops together, enjoys its entire life as one family, generation and then dies in the same period of time. This gang living of mauve stingers has an aura of their own and the sight that millions would love to behold.
Be a tourist to the Mediterranean and gasp at the beauty of the splendor spread by the mauve stingers.