Scientists Discover Coral That Eats Jellyfish

_46697309_fungiaeatingaureliabymr.omribronsteinUp until now, scientists believed that coral only ate plankton and other micro-organisms, but a new discovery shows the mushroom coral can actually eat jellyfish almost its same size. Scientists were diving near the Israeli city of Eilat in the Red Sea, when they photographed the phenomenon for the first time.
"We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw it," Ms Alamaru, a member of the research team, says. "This is definitely unusual. As far as I know no other coral are reported to feed on jellyfish. However, some sea anemones, which are close relatives of corals, are documented feeding on other jelly species."

Scientists have suspected that coral must eat microscopic baby jellyfishes, but this is the first time they were presented with evidence of the animal eating adult jellies.

Link Image by Omri Bronstein from the Tel Aviv University

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