a moon jellyfish on the sand

Aurelia aurita

This is one of the most common jellyfishes found on the beach in New Jersey. When washed up on shore they look like a round disk-shaped pad of hardened jelly. Most of the moon jellyfish you find are about 4 or 5 inches in diameter. The disk that washes up on shore is the most durable remnant of this creature.

A pair of Ospreys perched on their large nest

Two adult Osprey on their nest. Photo by minds-eye

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