Looking for aliens? Thanks to our partners at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), we’ve been able to exhibit them in the Jellies Experience! This large Aegina jelly looks different than the others—and may be an undescribed species.
Typically, Aegina found in Monterey Bay are lemon jellies (Aegina citrea), recognizable by their yellowish color and four tentacles. While this jelly’s reddish-purple hue may come from a brightly-colored meal, the six tentacles make it an unusual find. Genetic studies at MBARI suggest this is a distinct species—and research continues.