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Once upon a time in old Japan, the Kingdom of the Sea was governed by a wonderful King. His palace was at the bottom of the sea, and was so beautiful that no one has ever seen anything like it even in dreams. But the King was lonely and unhappy, so he decided he needed a wife. A lovely young dragon princess was found, and they were very happily married, but then she fell gravely ill. Doctors came and went, the only cure he was told was the liver of a monkey. The jellyfish was tasked with this, after persuading a monkey to ride on his shell to sea, the jellyfish reveals that the Sea King’s wife is ill and needs a monkey’s liver to survive. Perceiving the danger he is in, the cunning monkey says to the jellyfish: “Oh, but I left my liver hanging in a tree, take me back to land and I’ll get it for you.”
When the jellyfish delivers him back to land, the monkey flees to safety up a tree and mocks the gullible jellyfish. The jellyfish reluctantly returns to face the wrath of the King. The Dragon King’s at once gave orders that the jelly fish was to be severely punished. The punishment was a horrible one. All the bones were to be drawn out from his living body, and condemned to float forever in the ocean.
The king is clearly still saddened by the loss of his beloved wife, as you see thousands of jellyfish thrown up by the waves high upon the shores of Japan still today.