The Lion’s Mane is the largest species of jellyfish. The largest of this species washed up on Massachusetts Bay in 1870 and was 120 feet in length and 7ft 6in in diameter.
The specimen that that was found in Massachusetts Bay in 1870 was longer than a Blue Whale and is generally considered the longest known animal in the world. These jellyfish are highly variable in size; those found in lower latitudes are much smaller than their far northern counterparts with bells about 20 inches in diameter. The tentacles of larger jellyfish may trail as long as 39 meters or more.
The largest jellyfish ever reported is the Lion’s mane jellyfish which lives in Arctic waters and sometimes in parts of the Pacific Ocean. Its body has a diameter of 2.3 m (7 feet 6 inches) and tentacles that are 36.5 m (120 feet) long.
The giant jellyfish or the Arctic Lions Mane have been around for a long time. They have been in the oceans for over 650 million years – before the dinosaurs. Their bodies are made up of 95% water. They have no bones or cartilage. They have no heart and no brain. The world record holder was found dead and washed up on a shore in Massachusetts Bay in 1870 with a body size of 7 feet 6 inches and tentacles 120 feet long.
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