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Get an up-close look at the delicate sea nettles in our Open Sea exhibit.

Watch as their long tentacles and lacey mouth-arms move smoothly through the water. But don't let these unassuming invertebrates fool you—their graceful trailing parts are covered in stinging cells used for hunting. When their tentacles touch tiny drifting prey, the stinging cells paralyze it and stick tight. The prey is moved to the mouth-arms and then to the mouth, where it's digested.

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Join Our New Year's Eve Sleepover!

Ring in the New Year with the entire family at the Aquarium! Celebrate the arrival of 2017 with a sparkling cider toast, sundae bar, photo booth, fun activities, special programs and more! Plus, small bites and beverages will be available for purchase, including beer, wine and kid-friendly drinks.

Building a Future for the Ocean

With your help, we can expand our education programs through our new Center for Ocean Education and Leadership. Please join us in inspiring a new generation of ocean leaders.

Pretty Purple-Striped 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!

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Our free app for iPhone and iPod touch takes advantage of Apple's new indoor positioning to make it easy for visitors to pinpoint their location and quickly navigate to the most popular exhibits, animals and amenities using a new interactive map.

View The Jellies Experience Curriculum

Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.