Floating moon jellies

Moon jelly metropolis (click and zoom to see details)

On a magical morning a few weeks ago, I watched in awe from our boat as a virtual metropolis of luminous moon jellies and other planktonic creatures drifted through our anchorage.

As the long, waving curtain of strange and wonderful life forms pulsated alongside and past me, the effect was like watching an underwater aurora – an extraordinary moving light show in slow motion.

Like all living creatures, human beings are utterly dependent upon the ocean, for the air we breathe, temperature regulation, sustenance, inspiration and so much more. The ocean covers almost three quarters of our planet’s surface, yet despite our big brains, our species has only explored about 5% of it. We have barely a nodding acquaintance with our very lifeblood.

Our beautiful, watery blue planet holds amazing worlds within it – worlds that seem to me more mysterious and awesome than anything in science fiction or outer space. It’s always baffled me why some humans would want to go the moon or Mars, when there’s so much mystery, so much still unknown right here on our very own planet Earth – as the moon jellies reminded me that magical morning.

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer focused on nature and nautical on the BC coast

5 responses »

  1. […] Mysterious Worlds at Hand – Laurie MacBride shares a wonderful shot that takes on a bit of an abstract look, focusing on the teeming lifeforms that float past her just under the surface of the ocean. Laurie frames this wonderful shot with her personal insights that add a dash of the profound to the photograph shared. […]

  2. Leona MacBride says:

    Hi Laurie
    Loved jelly fish pics great for bathroom feature
    All well here doing some renos on old maiden, the house, not me
    Hugs Leona

    Sent from my iPad

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