The waters of the Bermuda National Trust’s Waterville property are currently playing host to numerous Cassiopeia jellyfish, also known as “upside-down jellyfish.”
“These small creatures like to rest upside-down on the beds of shallow lagoons, sand or mudflats and around mangroves where they farm their own food, produced by algae living inside them,” the BNT said.
“Cassiopeia Jellyfish can be seen from mid-summer into the end of the fall season so take a look out for them next time you’re at one of their favourite habitats.”
In describing the jellyfish, Lawrence Doughty, the BNT Conservation Officer, told Bernews, “They are fascinating animals that spend most of their life resting upside-down on muddy substrates.
“They live in symbiosis with zooxanthellae which grows on their tentacles, providing the jellyfish with nutrition. They are mostly found in large aggregations and can usually be found in brackish ponds, inshore bays and mangroves.
“They can be seen at Walsingham Nature Reserve, Harrington Sound, HT North Nature Reserve or at the BNT offices at Waterville. They can also be referred to as Jelly Flowers due to the unique silver rosettes that appear on the seabed.”
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