‘Jelly but­tons’ iden­ti­fied

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SOME have called them gems, some have called them blobs and some have called them jelly but­tons, but now an ex­pert has shed light on the iden­tity of the mys­te­ri­ous sea crea­tures wash­ing ashore at Bar­gara.

At the week­end, lo­cals de­bated whether the clear, jel­ly­like blobs were snail eggs or jel­ly­fish. It turns out they’re not snail eggs, but also not quite jel­ly­fish. James Cook Univer­sity Pro­fes­sor Jamie Sey­mour iden­ti­fied the crit­ters as a rel­a­tive of the jel­ly­fish.

“They are hy­dro­zoans, re­lated to jel­ly­fish,” he said.

“The species is aquo­ria. Not an is­sue for hu­mans.”

Surf Life Sav­ing’s Craig Holden said some of the big­ger crit­ters wash­ing up were blub­ber jel­ly­fish, a com­mon va­ri­ety that gives more of an itch than a sting.

Photo: Crys­tal Jones

SEA GEMS: The lit­tle blobs have washed up in the re­gion in re­cent days.

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