How to Draw a Lion’s Mane Jellyfish

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Lions Mane Jellyfish in 4 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Lions Mane Jellyfish.

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How to Draw a Lions Mane Jellyfish - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's begin your lion's mane jellyfish with the head. Draw a dome shape and then add an arch above it!

Step 2: Now in the head, add five long teardrop shapes with circles between them.

Step 3: Now add a type of treetrunk shape for the tentacles! Did you know these jellyfish can grow to over one hundred and twenty feet long?!

Step 4: Add long tendrils of tentacles for some added detail.

Interesting Facts about Lion’s Mane Jellyfish

A Lion’s Mane Jellyfish is named that because it’s large billowy body, long tentacles, and brown and tan color make it look like a lion as it moves through the water. Lion’s Mane Jellyfish like cold ocean water, so they can be found in the Artic, North Pacific, and North Atlantic. The tentacles on a Lion’s Mane can get as long as 120 feet! This jellyfish has 8 sections to its body. The inner sections have short sticky tentacles lined up in rows of 100. The long larger tentacles hang down from the outer part of the animal. These floating umbrellas help all sorts of sea creatures hide from predators and find food.

Did you know?

  • Lion’s Mane Jellyfish are the largest known species of jellyfish in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • A jellyfish’s mouth is underneath all the tentacles and the umbrellas.
  • Lion’s Mane Jellyfish can reproduce in both their younger and older stages. In the “polyp” stage they can create their own offspring because they have both male and female parts. In the “medusa” stage (their floating stage) they can mate with each other.
  • Lion’s Mane Jellyfish are bioluminescent, which means they can glow in the dark!
  • A Lion’s Mane Jellyfish has a nasty sting, but it’s not poisonous.

Lesson Plan Note: Lion’s Mane Jellyfish are a great companion subject for a Geography lesson on the main oceans bodies of the world.