Not your average jelly! The flower hat jelly (Olindias formosus) is nocturnal, pulsing in the water column to feed at night and attaching itself to the seafloor during the day. And watch out for those trailing, curly tentacles—they can quickly unfurl and grab prey! See these unique jellies now in The Jellies Experience.
Jump for joy! We've been seeing humpback whales off our ocean-view decks. These mega-mammals are on the hunt for schools of fish and krill, which they round up by blowing bubbles! The ring of bubbles forms a "bubble net," which keeps their prey from escaping. When they reach the surface, the whales swim through the mass, mouths wide open.
Good things come to those who wait—like jellies! Our aquarists work hard at raising purple-striped jellies (Chrysaora colorata) behind the scenes from tiny ephyrae larvae to elegant adults. Large and striking, these adult jellies are silvery white with deep-purple bands. See them now in our Open Sea galleries.
What's it like to explore the depths of the deep sea? Find out in our new Mission to the Deep exhibit! A 360-degree video projection immerses you in a virtual underwater world, where you'll see astonishing animals and learn about the cool science of our partner institution, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).
Who prowls the coral colonies? That would be the Caribbean reef octopus (Octopus briareus), an animal that's built to blend in. This camouflage artist flashes through skin textures and shades of blue, green, red and brown—allowing it to sneak up and envelop prey in a gauzy web of arms. See it now in Tentacles!
See blubber jellies abound! As these jellies bob through the water, their bulbous bells pulse with a distinctive, steady rhythm. Eight clublike oral arms that each contain several mouths transport food to the jelly's stomach. From burgundy to dark purple to light blue, these jellies come in a range of colors—you can see them all in The Jellies Experience!