To Bear Oral Arms

The Pacific sea nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens), photographed at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

Oral arms: home to stinging cells; used for defense, stunning and gathering food, and in some species of jellyfish, brooding fertilized cells prior to the larval phase.

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“…No brains, just dangling tangles of nerves.”

John Drury, “Sea Nettles” (1997)

 

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