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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.
Love jellies? Get up close and personal with some of the ocean’s most mesmerizing creatures by joining our behind-the-scenes Jellies Tour.
Art? Ocean animals? Or both? Check out these amazing photos of our South American sea nettles, from staff photographer Randy Wilder. We grew them behind the scenes from tiny ephyrae (babies), and are the first aquarium ever to display them! Now in the Jellies Experience.
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.
Need something relaxing? Check out this new video of our beautiful crown jellies. You can see them now in “The Jellies Experience”!
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.
For the first time anywhere, we have South American sea nettles on display. We grew them behind the scenes from tiny ephyrae (babies), received from a research lab in Argentina. They’re now about eight inches!
See them now in “The Jellies Experience”
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!
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!
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