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Jellies: Living Art seamlessly blends the beauty of living jellies with nature-inspired artwork.
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April 2002Jellies: Living Art is a special exhibit inspired by visitors' comments after seeing our Drifters Gallery. Taking a new path in Aquarium design, we display jellies against man-made backgrounds that accentuate their beauty rather than showing them in their natural habitats. In 2003, this exhibit is honored by both the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, and the National Association for Museum Exhibition.
Inspiring InvertebratesDrifting in the ocean, the jewel-toned blue jelly is a thing of beauty. Dried, salted and with tentacles removed, it is an Asian delicacy. The tiny box jelly sports a square bell, grows to just over one-quarter of an inch long, and has well developed eyes. The upside-down jelly can swim, but stays on the bottom of shallow lagoons, keeping its underside pointed up for maximum sun exposure. The rare flower-hat jelly has brilliant, multi-colored tentacles coming out of its translucent, pinstriped bell and is the only fish-eating species on display.