Image: Stinging Sea Nettle Floats By
CREDIT: Todd Aki/Rosensteil School of Marine & Atmospheric Science at University of Miami.
This stunning image is of a sea nettle (Chrysaora quinquecirrha). The image was taken by Todd Aki, who won the fan favorite category in the Rosensteil School of Marine & Atmospheric Science underwater photography contest. The RSMAS school is a part of the University of Miami. The creature lives in the waters of the Atlantic off the Eastern Coast of the U.S. The carnivorous nettles use their long tentacles to sting prey such as plankton, mosquito larvae and even small minnows. While the sting isn't strong enough to kill a human, it can cause moderate discomfort.
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