I admit it. I have garden envy. Every Spring my friends serve homegrown asparagus for dinner and offer me heads of shiny red lettuce. I show up empty handed, tour their gardens and say nice things about their newly built raised beds, the size of their fig crop and health of their new grafted plum tree.
My garden is Puget Sound. I grow barnacles on my dinghy, mussels on the dock and algae on the hull of my sailboat. And this weekend, the jellyfish in my front yard started blooming!
These are Aggregating Jellies. They are the size of a dime and translucent with four white canals. They feed on invertebrate eggs and larvae and gather at the surface of Puget Sound in sheltered areas.
This Water Jelly is about 3 inches in diameter. It eats other jellies and can cannibalize its own species.
Just off the bow of this sailboat is an Egg Yolk Jelly, which is about 4 inches in diameter.
This jelly is about an inch in diameter. I don’t recognize this species. Any ideas?
I’d bring you a bouquet, but as I write, most of the jellies have drifted away.