One of the marine world’s most intimidating and fascinating creatures is the Mauritius Jellyfish. This creature can be found in all the world’s oceans. He can live in different conditions and depths of the water, have a dangerous but graceful look when floating in water and have a shapeless blobs look when washing up on shore. Many of the 2000 species of the Mauritius jellyfish that are known all over the world were discovered by men searching the ocean’s depths.
It is part of the Phylum Cnidaria group, as well as the sea anemones, the sea whips and the corals. Unlike the group’s species, the jellyfish are mobile and invertebrates and their movements are generally the ocean’s currents and winds subject, despite their vertical movement capability. The parts of its body are perfectly symmetrical and radiating from its central axis. This perfect symmetry of the body gives it the possibility to find the food no matter the direction where the food is situated.
The Mauritius jellyfish’s body has a nervous system only and their nerve receptors alone make a proper reaction to detect the external stimuli like pressure, odor, light and so on. There is no brain and no functional system in the body of the Mauritius jellyfish. They have epidermis, which is the outer layer and the gastrodermis, which is the inner layer, lining the gut. The mesoglea, which is thick and elastic just like a jelly, is situated in between.
The intestine, the stomach and the gullet are in the digestive cavity, which is simple and has the mouth on one of its ends. The anus is on the other end. Close to the mouth 4 to 8 oral arms are situated, helping the jellyfish to bring the food close to the mouth just like the tentacles. At one close look we can see that the Mauritius jellyfish’s body has only 5% solid matter.
The Mauritius jellyfish can have different colors, sizes and shapes, with a diameter under an inch or over 7 feet, while the tentacles can span over 100 feet. Despite the size, the Mauritius jellyfish can control only its vertical movement. The current and the wind can control its horizontally movement. The jellyfish’s outer outwards can get push upwards and can contract due to the bell shape. Their tentacles give them the possibility to sting. The capsules are on the tentacles, being like the apparatus and having toxins that cause paralysis. These capsules fire in the moment of tentacles touching something.
This facility of paralyzing is used especially for hunting and for defending themselves in case of danger. The tentacles toxins are very powerful, being able to paralyze the Mauritius jellyfish’s victims. The victim can escape is it tries enough or it can be killed. When it comes to the human beings, the Mauritius jellyfish attacks them rarely but the sting’s severity is strong at the jellyfish living in the ocean’s temperate and warm waters.