Saturday, December 24, 2016

ZooWeird 24

A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.

Fried-egg jellyfish. The common name says it all. This weird-looking jellyfish literally looks like a fried egg! Scientifically known as Cotylorhiza tuberculata, it is one of the two jellyfish species that resemble a fried egg. The other one is Phacellophora camtschatica. Not surprisingly, it also goes by the same name. They may look tasty, but you probably don't want to have one for breakfast! However, you can have a lot of fun with C. tuberculata. This jellyfish has a mild sting that causes very little—if any—pain to humans. Read more:

A tentacle is like a leg—
But jellyfish that’s like an egg?
Oh, I will your kind pardon beg

If you decline this “egg” to fry.
He’s got enough in life to sigh
And wail about. (A sorry guy.)

So when you hear a fried egg moan
In such a mournful, wailing tone,
Just leave the little dude alone.

It’s just a jellyfish, you see,
Whose life’s as dreary as can be …
So let him float—an egg that’s free!

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