I have always found jellyfish to be pretty fascinating and I am glad my boys like them too. Cody pointed this one out to me the other day when we were walking the pier in our small town. The only one in our family who does not like the simple jellyfish is Dexter, our dog.
When Husband and I first moved here from Arizona we took our dogs for lots of beach walks. Dexter, who we sometimes refer to as A Dog of Very Little Brain (a play on words from Winnie the Pooh who calls himself A Bear of Very Little Brain), upon first encountering a beached jellyfish did what any desert dog would do – he licked it. It was a jellyfish of the stinging variety. Dexter scratched at his face, foamed at the mouth, and promptly ran down to the water’s edge and drank copious amounts of saltwater. This caused him to throw up and, I imagine, feel rather ill.
He has never licked another jellyfish again.
- ‘We Took a Rat Apart and Rebuilt It as a Jellyfish’ (theatlantic.com)
- Large black jellies wow bay visitors (utsandiego.com)
- Freshwater Jellyfish: Species of the Week (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)