The Upside-Down Goddess

One of the many animals to come across in Fort Pierce Inlet includes a peculiar jellyfish named after a Greek Goddess of the Sea. Its bell shaped, suction cup-like underbelly sticks to the algae covered, shallow bottom and upward facing tentacles absorb sunlight for photosynthesis. Coined the Cassiopeia Jellyfish, its upside-down tentacles inspire its mythological name. Queen Cassiopeia, of Aethiopia was the wife of King Cephus and mother of Andromeda. Cassiopeia was beautiful but very vain and claimed that she and her daughter were the most beautiful nymphs of the sea. Poseidon became infuriated with the Queen’s conceited behavior and sent a monster to the coasts of Aethiopia.  Cephus and Cassiopeia decided that the only way to save their lands would be to sacrifice their only daughter, Andromeda. She was chained to a rock by the sea to be drowned with the tide, but was saved by Perseus and they married. Poseidon was not appeased with her rescue and took Cassiopeia into the heavens. She was tied to a torture chair to be turned upside down for the rest of eternity so that no one could ever see her beauty again. In turn, this odd looking upside-down cephalopod would be known as the Cassiopeia Jellyfish.