Out of the Water

jellyfish on beach

We spent the weekend by the coast and happened upon a beached jellyfish. A good knowledge of marine biology, though useless at the time anyway, would have at least helped us identify this particular species.

I wonder if it is the same as the one photographed by someone else in 2008.


About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. His latest book is BLOODRED DRAGONFLIES, published by Deep South in South Africa. Check out the official blog page for Bloodred Dragonflies. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. San Anselmo Publications released HOW TO MAKE A SALAGUBANG HELICOPTER & OTHER POEMS in 2019 followed by CROCODILES IN BELFAST & OTHER POEMS in 2020 - both books can be purchased through their Facebook page. View all posts by matangmanok

4 responses to “Out of the Water

  • winderjssc


    This jellyfish looks like Rhizostoma octopus (Linnaeus). Also known as the dustbin-lid or barrel-mouthed jellyfish. We get a lot of them washed up on beaches in South Wales in the UK. I have a number of articles and photos of them in my blog. They seem to come in a variety of colours; and the shape varies according to the position in which they have been stranded on the beach. Your picture shows a fairly typical blue one with the round dome uppermost and the thin marginal area curled back on itself.

    Best wishes


  • matangmanok

    Thanks Jessica! I’ll go check out your blog.


  • Jie-Shi

    That is a beautiful photo Jim.

  • matangmanok

    Thanks Jie-Shi. In another lifetime I could have been one of those. Squishy and sad. 😛 Oh, and this is just from a cellphone camera. Not that that matters. Didn’t think it would come out any good.

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