Meet the incredibles! Today and for a short while you can see spotted comb jellies in our Drifters Gallery. They’re incredibly rare, fragile, and we’re the only aquarium to display them. Our intrepid jelly wranglers have to collect these gems carefully, using plastic bags to gently surround the jelly. The species made its world debut here in 2002!
Leucothea is a Greek word meaning “white goddess.” Distinctive brownish-orange papillae cover most of the body. The large oral lobes can be as long as the body and are marked by complex patterns of meandering canals. It can reach lengths of  25 cm, and swims horizontally at a slow pace while feeding with the lobes spread open. A quartet of worm-like auricles aid in guiding copepods and other crustacean prey into the lobe area. Each lobe folds into a tube upon prey contact and brings the food to the oral tentacles for transfer to the mouth. A pair of long secondary tentacles trails from the mouth area.
Hope you get a chance to see them!
Plan your visit

Meet the incredibles! Today and for a short while you can see spotted comb jellies in our Drifters Gallery. They’re incredibly rare, fragile, and we’re the only aquarium to display them. Our intrepid jelly wranglers have to collect these gems carefully, using plastic bags to gently surround the jelly. The species made its world debut here in 2002!

Leucothea is a Greek word meaning “white goddess.” Distinctive brownish-orange papillae cover most of the body. The large oral lobes can be as long as the body and are marked by complex patterns of meandering canals. It can reach lengths of  25 cm, and swims horizontally at a slow pace while feeding with the lobes spread open. A quartet of worm-like auricles aid in guiding copepods and other crustacean prey into the lobe area. Each lobe folds into a tube upon prey contact and brings the food to the oral tentacles for transfer to the mouth. A pair of long secondary tentacles trails from the mouth area.

Hope you get a chance to see them!

Plan your visit

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.