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How Some Jellyfish Are Born (1960)

Comment naissent les méduses (original title)
At a marine biology station, a clump of algae reveals polyps, stomachs with limbs, limbs with buds, buds with poison cells. This animal reproduces by buds, which we watch close up in ... See full summary »
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At a marine biology station, a clump of algae reveals polyps, stomachs with limbs, limbs with buds, buds with poison cells. This animal reproduces by buds, which we watch close up in time-lapse images. In another kind of jellyfish, the buds grow inside then live outside for a few days until being on their own. Another produces eggs, sometimes self-fertilized. Some single eggs become buds with colonies. Another clump gathered at low tide consists of filaments of a colony - plumes with poison ends. In images taking 72 hours, we see filaments grow and produce a feeding organ from which a plume emerges. New jellyfish emerge from buds twice a day at set times to form a new colonies. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Off Cape Finistere
6 September 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Painlevé and his co-director,Geneviève Hamon, turn to the tidal waters off Cape Finistere to gather examples of three of the local varieties of jellyfish and use the usual combination of microphotography and high-speed camerawork to show us how they live and reproduce.

This is drier in tone than most of their movies, more an expository lecture on their subject with almost none of the usual black humor -- although the creepy organ music suits a subject that was a source of anxiety to me as a child bathing in the ocean, fearful that toxic jellyfish would come up and sting me to death. Of greatest interest is the openness of their methodology, showing a woman -- presumably Geneviève Hamon gathering the specimens, placing them in glass tanks, and discussing the use of ttime-lapse cameras and magnification.


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