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Have you seen these awesome thimble jellies (Linuche aquila) in the Jellies Experience?
Sometimes we import our jellies, and sometimes, well, we get lucky: these were grown from polyps that our clever aquarists discovered on rocks in our tropical exhibits.
The medusae (bell) of thimble jellies grow and harvest algae, called zooxanthellae, for sustenance. That’s brown coloration you see in the photos. In nature, these jellies collect in bunches at the surface. Their polyps live in long chitonous tubes, which is very different from the typical fixed jellyfish polyp.
But beware: Thimble jellies are also responsible for “sea bathers eruption” in tropical climes, such as the Caribbean. When the jellies spawn and their larvae form, they get stuck in skin or bathing suits, with unpleasant results!
Fluorescent fireworks or otherworldly hovercraft? Flower hat jellies defy definition. This nocturnal species drifts in the dark and attaches to the seafloor as the sun shines. Their dazzling bells attract curious fish, while curly tentacles ensnare prey. Thanks to Instagrammer @sandman617 for this vivid video!
How do you grow a jelly? Our clever aquarists have figured it out. We were the first ones ever to display these surreal South American sea nettles after growing them behind the scenes from tiny ephyrae (babies), received from a lab in Argentina. On exhibit in the Jellies Experience!
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Amazing flower hat jellies are back on exhibit in The Jellies Experience! This rare jelly has brilliant tentacles trailing from a translucent, pinstriped bell. It also has tentacles around the rim of its bell that it can quickly coil and uncoil.
Two scientists collaborate over 5,000 miles. The result: South American sea nettles on display in our Jellies Experience exhibition! Learn more in our latest podcast.
Can you find it? There is a commensal crab hiding in this giant bell jelly (Scrippsia pacifica)! Applied Research Microbiologist Emma Fiori took this amazing photo behind the scenes of our “Jellies Experience” special exhibition.
Love jellies? We have a new species, lemon jellies (Aegina citrea), in “The Jellies Experience”. They were collected here in the bay with the help of our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and raised behind the scenes. These jellies are unique because they swim with their tentacles out front, using them like a rake to catch other jellies.
This group (there are several species) also is one of the most abundant jellies in the bay, and is found in high numbers even in the oxygen minimum zone.
Ever seen a baby jelly? This clip shows the tiny ephyrae of South American sea nettles (Chrysaora plocamia). They’ll get more colorful as they mature, and can grow to almost three feet in diameter. We’re always experimenting with new species behind the scenes, and you may see them soon. If so, it will be the first time ever exhibited!
Congratulations to Instagrammer @neosharama, who took this amazing photo of crown jellies at the Aquarium. She’s the winner of our recent “Share Your Love of Jellies” contest!
Made plans yet? We just put beautiful crown jellies on exhibit for this weekend’s Jellyfish Jamboree. Enjoy special presentations, groove to live music and learn how we raise one of the ocean’s most mysterious invertebrates. Included with admission.