You’re not looking at an alien species from another galaxy, just a monstrous Nomura’s Jellyfish, photographed by Lucia Terui. These graceful giants of the sea that grow up to 6ft 6in in diameter, and can often be found in the waters of Echizen, Fukui province, Japan. Though their stings are generally very painful, Nomura Jellyfish are not known for causing any major damage to humans. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
Nomura’s Jellyfish is in the same size class as the lion’s mane jellyfish, the largest cnidarian in the world. It is edible but not considered high quality. Its diameter when fully grown is slightly greater than the height of an average man. The species was named in tribute to Mr. Kan’ichi Nomura, Director General of the Fukui Prefectural Fisheries Experimental Station, who in early December 1921 sent a specimen in a 72-litre wooden tank to Professor Kishinouye, who found that it was unknown and spent some time at the station to study living specimens.
Lucia says, “It was a dream of mine achieved, the jellyfish are so beautiful and inoffensive, and because of that I wasn’t afraid at all. A lot of patience was needed, as there were lot of jellyfish in the sea but most of them were hurt or almost dead, I wanted one that was healthy and a beauty to shoot.”