Video | Peach blossom jellyfish, known as "Giant Panda in the Water", spotted in Wuzhishan
News source:hiHainan / By Chen Shumin / 07 28,2020 16:41:00 / others

Recently, the rare aquatic species spotted in Wuzhishan City has been confirmed as the peach blossom jellyfish (Craspedacusta sowerbii) by experts from Freshwater Fisheries Research Centre of Hainan Academy of Marine and Fishery Sciences.

On the afternoon of July 27, under the guidance of Xiao Ke, who was the first local villager to discover the peach blossom jellyfish, the reporter reached the well where the aquatic species appeared. The well is located in a valley surrounded by lush vegetation.

The peach blossom jellyfishes in the sampling bottle. (Photo by Sha Xiaofeng)

In the sampling bottle, the reporter can see that the oyster white, transparent animals with umbrella-shaped bells and trailing tentacles look like peach blossoms submerged in the water.

"The water environment in Wuzhishan City is very good, particularly less affected by the outside world, which is very conducive to the reproduction and growth of this kind of jellyfish," Wang Yue, a staff member of the Agriculture and Rural Bureau of Wuzhishan City, said that the peach blossom jellyfish is one of the world's endangered ancient coelenterates, which first was born about 550 million years ago. Due to its preciousness comparable to that of giant pandas, the peach blossom jellyfish is known as the "living fossil in the water". The endangered creatures usually live in the fresh waters, such as rivers and lakes and even artificial ponds, and they are highly sensitive to changes in the environment, only able to survive in unpolluted waters.

The peach blossom jellyfishes in the sampling bottle. (Photo by Sha Xiaofeng)

At present, relevant departments of Wuzhishan City have started protection work. In the next step, scientific research will be carried out in a targeted manner.

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