This is not an egg

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Somewhere out in the ocean, a turtle may be eating a breakfast that looks remarkably similar to your own. Presenting the Egg Yolk Jelly (Phacellophora camtschatica) – a jellyfish that looks like it would be more at home surrounded by baked beans and bacon.

I came across this unexpected creature at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, but it drifts naturally within Monterey Bay, as well as the Atlantic, Eastern Pacific and Mediterranean.

The Aquarium breeds them within its Research Institute, and this one is quite a baby.  Egg yolk jellyfish can have tentacles up to 6m in length, and young crabs have been known to hitch a lift on and in their bells.

Just like more familiar eggs, this jellyfish’s yolkiness is quite sensitive – rough seas jiggle the yolk, making it seem more scrambled. Either way, who knew a jellyfish could look so yummy?




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