In waters far colder than ours, lion’s mane jellyfish can reach monstrous sizes. With tentacles trailing more than 30 metres behind their huge bells, these bad boys grow longer than even the longest blue whales…

In Newfoundland, the largest specimens I’ve seen are about the size of a large man, not nearly as colossal as the ones up North but still something you wouldn’t want to get tangled up in!

Here’s a small orange one, seen up close from the dock at Tappers Cove:

Lion's mane jellyfish - Father Troy's Trail

Lion’s mane jellyfish – Father Troy’s Trail

This next guy is a bit larger, seen in Deep Cove on Flamber Head Path:

Lion's mane jellyfish - Deep Cove, Flamber Head Path

Lion’s mane jellyfish – Deep Cove, Flamber Head Path

The last shot from Motion Path clearly shows these jellyfish come in purple too:

Lion's manes in Fortune Cove - Motion Path

Lion’s manes in Fortune Cove – Motion Path

On your next hike, be sure to keep a look out for these guys, because there are absolutely everywhere!