Chrysaora colorata

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    Purple-striped jelly, Chrysaora colorata

    I've been wanting to see one of these "in the wild" for, well, forever. The monterey bay aquarium usually has small ones in their jelly display, but they get so much larger in the ocean. The bell on this one was around a foot in diameter.

    When I came across the jelly, I was at the end of my dive, and so was low on air. Also, my strobe was still set up for shooting tiny things inches in front of my camera. It took me a while for me to adjust my light, but the jelly wasn't going anywhere fast, and was only about 10' below the surface. So I had plenty of time, and didn't need to worry (much) about breathing my tank dry (which I didn't end up doing.)

    Jim Patterson Photography, and 264 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. makeawish242 75 months ago | reply

      this is really amazing!

    2. ***Yuna*** 75 months ago | reply

      Oh my, just amazing = )
      Your work has inspired me!!
      You are INVITED to post it in...

      The Nature Group

    3. beachglassfan 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Shells, BeachGlass, Sea Creatures, Beach, Birds etc. comment 3, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Beautiful Photo ~

    4. DebDubya 75 months ago | reply

      Seen in Beach, Shells, BeachGlass, and Sea Creatures

    5. funkyfoton 75 months ago | reply

      Wow beautiful jelly... and beautiful photo too.

    6. Miqui Rosa 75 months ago | reply

      Awesome picture...
      beautiful jelly.

    7. -tenderfoot- 74 months ago | reply

      This is fantastic! Well done.

    8. cameron k. 66 months ago | reply

      absolutely fantastic.

    9. Darvin Atkeson 66 months ago | reply

      Spectacular shot. I've always wanted to do some underwater photography but haven't invested in the equipment yet. A great story too.


    10. Darvin Atkeson 64 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called California Photographers - Great California Photography , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. lccwong 63 months ago | reply

      What kind of setup are you using with your G9?

    12. little_bees [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

      Fantastic, beautiful work - I love the vividness of this shot :)

    13. The Girl In Orange 58 months ago | reply

      Hi ! I love your photos. I would like to have you as a member at Travelocafe Group. Thanks!

    14. Emmy_Animals 48 months ago | reply

      Hi there,
      I am currently writing an article on species that are made up of water bodies, or use water to provide movement. Please will you grant me with your permission to use this image in my article? All image credits will be given, alongside with a direct link to your image.
      I like to combine writing with the use of photography to inspire people of the wonderful diversity found in natural world that surrounds us!
      I hope to hear back from you.

    15. BlueisCoool 36 months ago | reply

      Very nice work - congrats on being explored !

    16. ecojenna 35 months ago | reply

      Love this -- awesome photo!

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