Angel Fitor - Fairy ballerina
Pelagia noctiluca, the mauve stinger, is an unsual creature in many ways. Regarded as the most poisonous jellyfish native to the Mediterranean, its population massively blooms during the spring months to the point of creating huge mauve tides composed of millions of individuals, many of whom will end up their lives after being whased ashore on the beach. But contrary to other jellies, which reproduction is basically led by cloning themselves, mauves are sexual beings. And even more unconventional is the fact that they do perform a sort of copulation as part of their breeding process. Image shows a couple of these ephemeral crystalline creatures melted in one during their pulsating ballet to perpetuate life.
Location: Mediterranean sea, Spain
Tags: Angel Fitor, fairy tale, jellyfish, mediterranean, Pelagia noctiluca, reproduction, sex