The HYNOVA jellyfish

28 May 2020
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As you may have noticed, on our site and in our communications, the jellyfish symbol comes up regularly. Some of you know the history of HYNOVA and how this totem animal of the brand is a source of inspiration and even wonder. Rest assured, we do not intend to give you a lecture on this cnidarian. We would just like to share with you the elements that make this creature, sometimes described as fascinating, sometimes frightening or even passive, appear to us at HYNOVA as an essential, different, innovative, immortal, adapted, efficient form of life.

1 – It was not born out of the last rainfall

Firstly, the jellyfish is an animal whose ancestors appeared 650 million years ago, the fact that they have changed little since then tends to show that they are relatively well adapted despite all the upheavals that the Earth has experienced since then. The ancestors of the human being, Homo Sapiens, seem to have appeared on Earth only 700,000 years ago. This is not a comparison but a point of reference, they have been sailing much longer than we have.

2 – She sees and decides on her navigation plan

Another amazing fact: the jellyfish is not so passive as you might think, it propels itself….intentionally (more or less, sometimes the currents that drive it suit it perfectly) and even chooses its direction according to the stimuli it receives and analyses. For this it has specific organs much more complex than we thought until now. The most curious can even learn that they have some kind of primitive eyes (you can search for ocelli on Google ? ).

Image par David Mark de Pixabay

3 – The word jellyfish is quite reductive

Did you know that the word jellyfish, which includes an impressive number of species, actually represents only the “mature” life form of this cnidarian and that it also often exists as a polyp in its “early youth”? The anthropomorphism used here has no other purpose than to schematize this surprising characteristic (and also to bring you to more sympathy towards this species).

Wikipedia Dot: The stages of development of a jellyfish. Méduse_(animal)#/media /Fichier:Schleiden-meduse-2.jpg

Development and fixation of the planula larva (stages 1 to 4) ; development polyp (stages 5 to 10)) ; strobile (stage 11) ; ephyra (stage 12) ; young jellyfish (stage 13) ; adult jellyfish (stage 14).

4 – Stronger than dolphins? (And yet we love dolphins)

The jellyfish is hyper “designed” to save energy while being efficient:

Biophysical research suggests that jellyfish swim more efficiently than any other aquatic animal: “the contractions of the umbrella create high and low pressure zones around their bodies that both suck them in (suction phenomenon) and propel them forward (thrust phenomenon). Suction has the effect that one third of their propulsion is achieved without muscular action. They thus consume less oxygen and energy, in proportion to their size, than dolphins or sharks. The movements of the edge of the bell have the effect of making the annular vortex (low pressure zone) descend below the animal, which causes pressurized water to rise inside the bell and give it a second thrust. This efficient propulsion could be a source of bio-inspiration for mechanical engineers…” and innovative yacht designers ;).

Image par Mitchell Raman de Pixabay

5 – They are immortal!

Potentially, not all of them, not all the time, it depends … nevertheless, it is still very strong ! Turritopsis nutricula is a species of jellyfish which measures 4 to 5 mm and is native to the Caribbean Sea. It has the particularity of being able to return from the jellyfish stage to the polyp stage, which makes it theoretically immortal. It actually reverses the aging process. We talk about important transformations that take place in the adult stage, a bit like if a frog became a tadpole again or a butterfly became a caterpillar again.

6 – They are magnificent

Well, not all of them, and we don’t necessarily appreciate their beauty in all circumstances, but we have to admit it: they are still design!

7 – Some are bioluminescent

Like many other marine species, some jellyfish can create light, often blue or green. This is the result of a chemical reaction that allows jellyfish to be seen in the dark. They can even “blink” like a Christmas tree.

Image par Daniel Battershell de Pixabay
Image par aguileraevelyne de Pixabay
Image par Clickphoto Switzerland de Pixabay


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