Posted by David McRee at BlogTheBeach.com.
I just received an email from Janet U. of Michigan who discovered this blue button jellyfish on Daytona Beach. Amazingly (or perhaps not), no one at the hotel knew what it was. Janet was able to make an identification on the internet and finally ended up on my web pages about Florida jellyfish: http://www.beachhunter.net/thingstoknow/jellyfish/index.htm
Here is what Janet wrote:
On Sept 2, 2009 we were walking in the waves near the Ocean Court Hotel on Daytona Beach and I saw this creature floating in the shallow water
As you see, I carefully captured it in my bucket and took it into our motel lobby to ask if anyone knew what it was. It started to move its tentacles in and out [video shot by daughter Julie]:
No one could identify it, we waded into the waves about chest deep, made sure the tide was going away from us and released it. It took off like a shot-I saw it swimming sideways to the waves FAST.
Thank you so much for your website, I’m so glad to solve this mystery!
This is the first video I’ve seen of the blue buttons. From Julie’s video and from Janet’s description, its obvious that this little jelly is able to move around quite well on its own.
If you click on the tag “blue button” below, you can see photos and stories from other people who have sent in reports of blue buttons from around the world.