There are two types of jellyfish living in the White Sea: Aurelia aurita and Cyanea capillata. Aurelia aurita is also called “Eared jellyfish” even though it has no ears. It got its name from its bright and clearly visible reproductive gonads.
Aurelia sometimes comes close to the coastline and gets stranded on the beach, or is thrown out by the storm. But never before have we seen so many jellyfish as we did yesterday.
This was the mouth of the Varzuga river in Kuzomen, on a sand bank where the river falls into the sea. On an area of 10×50 meters we counted about 300 large gellyfish 20-30cm in diameter. Beautiful things!