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Unicorn Jelly - Fauna
Written By: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer), Elizabeth Barrette (Inspiration), Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Artwork)
Torn world sea creatures don't need to be huge or ugly to be dangerous.
 
 

This is a small (no larger than 3’ long) relative of the large jellyriggers. The structure that acts like a sailboat's mast and sail for the jellyriggers is stiffer and narrower in the unicorn jelly, acting as a barb or stinger. This is referred to as the unicorn jelly’s horn. The tip of the sail exudes the same toxins as the tentacles below, providing an unpleasant surprise for a creature that tries to eat the unicorn jelly. Even the giant turtles, which are immune to the unicorn jellyrigger’s venom, can spit one out again if the horn stabs it in a tender spot.

The unicorn jelly has only vestigial floats, and the adults prefer deep water. Their young can be found in shallower water and can present a hazard to swimmers. The venom is on the stronger side for this family of jellies, and is aggravated by the fact that unicorn jelly wounds, especially puncture wounds from the horn, often become infected if not cleaned out and treated right away. People don’t usually die from these wounds, but that does happen. Loss of a wounded limb is more common.

The unicorn jelly is translucent, with pink and blue structures showing through the mostly clear flesh, which can be tinted green, lavender, or, most commonly, blue. They are quite pretty, looking a lot like a glass sculpture in the water.

The Hall of Monsters in the Museum of Mortality displays a particularly large live unicorn jellyrigger in an aquarium, and they sell glass sculptures of unicorn jellies in the gift shop. The Museum is very proud of the gleaming, modern, high-pressure aquarium, which attracts physical scientists and engineers from all over the Empire, just as the jelly itself attracts biological scientists.

The unicorn jellies eat and reproduce like their bigger cousins, however, they very rarely reproduce by budding.

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