Extreme Jellyfish

There are some 2,000 species of jellyfish. Some are tasty, others will kill you with the tap of a tentacle. Here are nine varieties that really stand out

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On Arctic collecting trips in 2002 and 2005, Kevin Raskoff, a jelly expert at Monterey Peninsula College, spied a little deep-sea jellyfish that turned out to represent not only a new species, but a new genus as well. He christened it Bathykorus bouilloni, a tribute to the late marine scientist Jean Bouillon, but many have noticed its striking resemblance to the former Anakin Skywalker.

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