Frilly fins unite! Four species of tropical lionfish are now fluttering around our Splash Zone exhibit: red, clearfin and fuzzy dwarf lionfish—and the flamboyantly named frillfin turkeyfish. Be on the lookout for the smallest of the bunch, the fuzzy dwarf. Our aquarists say it hangs out in the reef but is the first to appear at meal time!
Nature's glow sticks? Tropical coral reefs are known for their vivid color palettes—and the display doesn't stop when the sun goes down. When the light is just right, special proteins cause corals to fluoresce in vibrant neon patterns. Visit The Jellies Experience to experience the light show for yourself.
Stranger than fiction! Would you believe we've got color-changing, many-armed creatures hatched from pods on exhibit? Our juvenile bigfin reef squid may look like visitors from another planet, but they're actually raised here at the Aquarium behind the scenes. The squid are barely a quarter-inch long when they hatch, but can grow to more than a foot. See them for yourself in Tentacles!Learn more
Mesmerizing Mediterranean jellies! Grown behind the scenes, these unusual looking jellies are now on exhibit in The Jellies Experience! As their golden bells deepen in color and develop lighter rings, they're often called "fried egg" jellies. Their short, clublike appendages contain mouth-arm openings that are colored deep purple.
Wondrous wunderpus! This slender cephalopod can now be seen in our Tentacles special exhibition. It's a striking copper-brown color with dramatic white stripes and spots all over its smooth body. In a flash, this octopus can alter its color, shape and movements to impersonate venomous species and scare off predators.
Beam me up, jelly! While it looks like a tiny spaceship taking off, this comb jelly's rainbow lights are produced by diffraction, much like sunlight glancing off a CD. This jelly (Beroe forskalii) is more active than most—it often folds over itself, earning the common name of "oven mitt jelly." You can see it now in our Open Sea gallery.