When the prey has been captured it is usually covered in mucus and transported towards the mouth by the small cilia and mouth arms.
    The moon jellyfishes stinging cells are weak and therefore not irritable to human skin - but can possibly cause discomfort on thin or sensitive skin, aswell as the eyes and lips.

Jelly eaters

Whiting feeding on a moon jellyfish..

Whiting feeding on a moon jellyfish...

plumose anemone eating

...aswell as the plumose anemone.

The moon jellyfish medusa stage is eaten by a number of different creatures: for example other jellyfish, anemones, fish and birds. The stinging cells give certain protection, but they can be weakening to sick or dying individuals, who are also the prey of the jellyfish.
    As with all creatures, it is important for the moon jellyfish to be able to collect information from its surroundings. They need to know what is happening around them to be able to detect predators and other dangers, to find similar species to mate with and to find and catch food. The moon jellyfish can comprehend its environment in all directions by using its eight perepherally mounted sensory organs. These contain a balance organ, a simple eye and probably some form of smelling organ. Probably these only give information about the jellyfishes closest surroundings.

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