To collect more jellyfish, I ended up heading down to my favorite jellyfishing spot, in South Carolina. I was generally expecting to be greeted with many cannonball jellyfish as usual. This time however, I found no such cannonball jellyfish. Normally there is at least a few that have washed up onto the beach. None were to be found. Winter is apparently their better season (the other two times I found them was in winter).
As I was walking around in the tide pools, I noticed a glimmer in the water. I recognized the shine, even though i had never seen it before. It was a comb jellyfish. Pushed against the shore and slightly flattened, it still appeared to be alive. I gently scooped it up into my bag. Professionally, I should have used a cup or scoop to carry it, due to their delicate flesh. I had no such cup, so I made do. Later I identified all of the combs as Mnemiopsis sp. On my was back down the beach I found a second comb jelly stuck against the shore. I caught it and set my bag down to look for more. Five minutes later the bag disappeared. The tide was changing and the pool there filled up just enough to carry my bag away. It was located down shore, but empty. I frantically looked for more combs, and luckily found two more. One was in very good shape, and the other, not so much.
The next day I came back at around 6:30 am. The tide was low again. No jellies were washed up on the pool shore. As I walked down the shore I noticed a strange shadow in the water. After I could see it well, I grabbed at it. The shadow turned out to be another comb jellyfish. I caught three this way. In the afternoon I returned yet again, but this time I was greeted with tons of comb jellies. The water was absolutely still, and many of the combs were caught up at the shore because of this. Some were entirely beached on the sand. All the combs I encountered were still alive. After I got home, I counted a total of 21 comb jellyfish. Some were in very good shape and some were torn in a few places. Luckily comb jellyfish have super fast healing abilities. I will likely put them in my 20 gallon kreisel.
Video and editing credit to Brady Brandwood.