The Sea Jelly is an image of a Pacific Sea Nettle jellyfish currently residing at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Affectionately known as jellies, jelly fish are mesmerizing, ancient, marine animals, believed to be more than 700 million years old. They are found in every ocean on the planet and some do live in freshwater. The term jelly comes from the gelatinous nature of their bodies, which are disc-like or umbrella-shaped. Typically, tentacles hang down from the underside of the body. The jellyfish moves very efficiently through contraction and expansion pulsations of its umbrella-like body. Jellies vary in size from tiny bell disc types that live in tidal pools to the longest animal known, the lions mane jellyfish that can grow to 120 feet in length. Groups of jelly fish are known by several names, a swarm, a swarm or a smack.
Most swimmers and divers are aware that jellyfish sting their prey through a lance inside the nematocysts in the tentacles. Toxic venom is injected through this lance. For human beings, the sting of some types of jellyfish is a medical emergency, as the venom can cause anaphylaxis shock, which is fatal.
Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art. jeanette-french.artistwebsites.com and jeanette-french.pixels.com.
Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at these websites: jeanette-french.artistwebsites.com and jeanette-french.pixels.com.
January 3rd, 2016
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