Jellyfish (sometimes called jellies or sea jellies) are aquatic animals that have no heart, bones, eyes or brain! But what do jellyfish eat? This post will answer that question and also tell you a few interesting facts about jellyfish.
What Do Jellyfish Eat?
Jellyfish are carnivores (meat eaters). They feed on zooplankton, small fish and other jellyfish. Larger jellyfish also eat large crustaceans (such as shrimp). Jellyfish stun and kill their prey with stinging cells.
Interesting Facts About Jellyfish
- Jellyfish are not actually fish- they are invertebrates!
- There are over 200 different species of jellyfish.
- Even after they die, jellyfish are able to deliver poison from their stingers provided their tentacles remain moist.
- Most people are stung by jellyfish when they accidentally brush against them in the water. Jellyfish naturally sting anything that touches them!
- As they don’t have a brain, jellyfish must rely on their nerve cells to find food and sense danger approaching. Sensory organs also tell the fish whether they are going up, down, towards light or away from the light.
- A jellyfish is made up of 95% water!