samedi 3 juin 2017

Jelly fish from Faroe Islands

They look like something that came from foreign galaxies. Strange looking creatures, shaped like an old fashioned parachute as they move in jerks through the water. It is a bit spooky to see them move under the surface - sometimes in such large numbers that it seems like the sea water coagulates with another liquid. But the grandiose appearance disappears when we find them washed up on the shore. Then they remind most of all of a lump of jelly.

The ghostly appearance is no less when looking at the evolutionary history of jellyfish. They occur as fossils dating back to the Cambrian era (between 542-488 million years ago), with tentacles and bodies that are practically identical with today's jellyfish.