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)
Boy, a lesson learned the hard way.
Indeed, poor dog.
I’m sure he didn’t. Yuck.
He was one unhappy dog that night but after lots of fresh water at home he made a quick recovery.
so he is not a dog of very little brain now
At least not when it comes to jellyfish. He still enjoys the occasional sip of salt water from the sound. 🙂
Poor Dexter!! I think most dogs would lick it though. Hell Delilah might even pick it up!
Hahaha! Yes I bet your Delilah just might do that. Our other dog Rosy was much too proper for such things and paid it no mind at all.