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Jellyfish

You’ll see them the minute you enter our Jules Verne Gallery: our mysterious and beautiful jellies.  Guests of all ages can’t help but be mesmerized by these ghostly, delicate creatures.  Some of the species you may see on exhibit include:

Moon Jellies (Aurelia Aurita) – Ranging between 5-40 cm wide, Moon Jellies can be recognized by their delicate and exquisite translucent coloration.  They are native to the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and are found near the coast, in mostly warm and tropical waters.  Moon Jellies swim by pulsations of the bell-shaped upper part of the animal, and swimming mostly functions to keep the animal at the surface of the water rather than to make progress through the water.  Did you know? Moon Jellies also swim horizontally, keeping the bell near the surface at all times. This allows the tentacles to be spread over the largest possible area, in order to better catch food.

Sea Nettle (Chrysaora) – Sea Nettles are typically found along the east coast of North America in the Atlantic Ocean, and along the west coast of North America in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. They come in many different colors and shapes, but can typically grow up to 6-8 inches in diameter.  In addition, they have four arms attached to their mouths, with tentacles along the body capable of extending several feet. Did you know? Sea Nettles have a number of capsule-like attachments to these oral arms and tentacles containing a coiled thread inside with powerful paralyzing toxins that are activated when a Nettle comes into contact with any hard surface.