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Old 06-07-2005, 11:41 PM   #1
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You don't want this jelly in your donut!

Today I went to a nature preserve located on Northport Bay in Centerport, Long Island. This is a marshy area with lots of mudflats - I shouldn't have worn sneakers.

Here are some pics of live jellyfish (Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia arita), I think). Some jelly expert, please correct me if I'm wrong.

I saw about a dozen washed up on the mudflats, and many more in the water. This one obligingly posed for me in a shallow inlet just inches from my feet. The photos were a bear to take because the wind was ripppling the water. I used my 180 mm macro lens, wide open aperture, and a circular polarizing filter to cut through the surface reflections.

There were also millions of these little snails everywhere
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...and the last two.
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omg thats soo cute!
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Is this FW or SW. The white one on the green background looks sort of like the FW medusas that my Uncle gets all over his lake.
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Perhaps not in my donut, but with a touch of PB, I think it might be edible! :P
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Terrific photos Andy . Being a life long resident of Long Island I know that the jelly population is a nuisance (especially on the north shore), as the water warms.

QTOFFER was on the north shore of LI and that is salt water off the LI Sound. The difference geologically between the north and south shores of LI is dramatic. The south shore contains some of the best beaches in the world. Huge expanses of soft white sand make up the spits which seperate the ocean from the bays. The north shore is entirely glacial morrain. No sand beaches, just the rocks which are evident in Andys photos.
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Great pics, Andy - thanks for sharing!

I think Destiny's Child said it best with the phrase, "I don't think you're ready for this jelly."
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neat! last photo is my favorite.
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Excellent photos, thanks.
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