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2/7/2014 (1 year ago)

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Five-feet in length, scientists work to classify new find

A giant, five-foot long jellyfish was discovered by a family as they walked on a beach south of Hobart, Tasmania this week. Australian scientists are now working to classify the new species.

Describing the specimen as a 'truly magnificent animal,' experts at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization were alerted to the discovery by Josie Lim and her family, who came across it.

Describing the specimen as a "truly magnificent animal," experts at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization were alerted to the discovery by Josie Lim and her family, who came across it.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

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2/7/2014 (1 year ago)

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Keywords: Jellyfish, Tasmania, Australia, species


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dr. Lisa-Ann Gershwin, of Australia's CSIRO government agency, said that scientists had known about the species for a while but haven't had a chance to classify it as of yet.

Describing the specimen as a "truly magnificent animal," experts at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization were alerted to the discovery by Josie Lim and her family, who came across it.

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The Lim family "found the jellyfish and took this amazing photo that just boggles the mind," jellyfish expert Dr. Gershwin said. While not yet classified, Dr. Gershwin said the species was part of the Lion's Mane group.

These type of jellyfish "look like a dinner plate with a mop hanging underneath - they have a really raggedy look to them," she said.

The Tasmanian discovery was found stranded belly-up, Gershwin explained. It was one of a "species I've known about for a while but it's not yet named and classified," she said. "We're very eager to know more about it."

It is one of three new species of Lion's Mane in Tasmania in which the scientist is currently working to classify.

"Huge blooms" of jellyfish in Tasmanian waters over the p0ast three years, she said, but scientists were not sure why.

"We're very keen to find out why jellyfish are blooming in such super-abundances in these southern waters," she said.

The world's largest jellyfish shares the same genus - Cyanea - as the Lion's Mane. Found in the North Atlantic and Arctic, the Cyanea Arctica can grow up to 10 feet across the body, Dr Gershwin said.

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