(Have you seen a mauve stinger? Please let me know! jellybiologist *at* gmail *dot* com)
The mauve stinger jelly is one of my favorite jelly species, but it is also the only reason I’ve ever intentionally peed on myself. Which is why this amazing photograph by Mare Nostrum brings both feelings of wonder and horror:
The beauty of this jelly is suggested from afar, but these stunning close-ups show it off in full detail:
For more beautiful photos of Mediterranean jelly species, check out Mare Nostrum’s website:
And for the record, as a biologist and human being, I do not recommend peeing on yourself (or letting anyone else pee on you) after a jelly sting. It doesn’t help the sting, and now you’ve got pee on you. Learn more about ways to help a jelly sting here.