Many species of jellyfish remain undiscovered. Image Credit: Henry Kaiser / NSF
Marine biologists have been struggling to identify a 4ft jellyfish that washed up on a Tasmania beach.
Thought to be related to the lion's mane jellyfish, the largest known species in the world, the unidentified creature was discovered by a family who had been out walking along the shoreline.
"We know about this specimen but it hasn't been classified yet, it hasn't been named," said scientist Lisa Gershwin. "It is so big it took our breath away. It's a whopper of an animal but it's not life-threatening, although it does sting."
Marine experts have retrieved samples from the creature and have started to analyze them in an effort to learn more about it. At present very little at all is known about the species.
"It highlights again how much we still have to learn about the ocean," said Gershwin.
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