Big mediterranean Barrel jellyfish

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Big mediterranean Barrel jellyfish, Rhizostoma pulmo, commonly known as the barrel jellyfish, the dustbin-lid jellyfish or the frilly-mouthed jellyfish, is a scyphomedusa  in the family Rizostomatidae. It is found in the northeast Atlantic, and in the Mediterranean sea, Black Sea and Sea of Azov. It is also known from the southern Atlantic off the western South African coast and into False Bay. It is common in the Irish Sea. It typically is up to 40 cm. in diameter, but can exceptionally reach 150 cm. or larger, making it the largest jellyfish in British waters (Cyanea capillat reaches an even larger size, but is generally smaller in Britain). On 13 July 2019, wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly dived off the coast of Cornwall in the United Kingdom, along with the underwater cinematographer Dan Abbott. medusa mediterranea rhizostoma pulmo

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The two divers shared their encounter with a human-sized barrel jellyfish, Rhizostoma pulmo. The species could typically grow up to one meter and weigh up to 25 kilograms. However, they are not larger than the lion’s mane jellyfish. This jellyfish is a favourite food for some marine species, such as marine  turtles, and also for mammals, such as dolphins, and it often happens that the plastic bags exchanged for jellyfish end up in the stomach of these animals until they cause death. Rhizostoma pulmo is moderately venomous but not as deadly as other species. Effects include a burning sensation on the skin, dermatitis, and ulcers which confirms it is toxic to humans. However, it does not pose a serious threat to humans

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In Asia, they are a source of bioactive compounds used in traditional food and medicine. One study indicates that washing in aqueous solutions and the separation of high molecular weight proteins from the extract, e.g., by membrane filtration, could be a way to remove possible toxic compounds from jellyfish extracts and to concentrate potentially bioactive soluble compounds. The potentially active soluble components may have uses as nutraceutical and cosmeceutical ingredients.

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