Jellyfish are one of the most abundant and conspicuous members of our coastal marine fauna and are now known to play major trophic roles in marine systems. However, little is known about the movements and behaviour of individuals. We equipped individual compass jellyfish (Chrysaora hysoscella) (n = 15) off the Dingle coast, Ireland, with miniature time-depth recorders to log their depth over periods of a few hours. Vertical movements were extensive, with all jellyfish changing their depth during tracking. A range of vertical movements were seen including initial diving from the surface down to a maximum of 29.6 m after device attachment, some jellyfish remaining near the bottom, some moving up and down in mid-water and some moving back near the surface. These results show that jellyfish actively reposition themselves in the water column over small time-scales and open the way for more extensive studies equipping jellyfish with electronic tags.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aquatic Science
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Hays, G. C., Doyle, T. K., Houghton, J., Lilley, M. K. S., Metcalfe, J. D., & Righton, D. (2008). Diving behaviour of jellyfish equipped with electronic tags. Journal of Plankton Research, 30(3), 325-331. https://doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbn003