Get an up-close look at the delicate sea nettles in our Open Sea exhibit.
Watch our sea nettles 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.
Scientists have used the bioluminescent proteins from crystal jellies to find and study genes, and even to create special mice that glow green. You can see their glow for yourself in the Open Sea exhibit.
Take a quick break in the tropics! Our new Coral Reef Cam, coming to you live from our ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge special exhibition, lets you watch colorful fishes as they dart, dash and dilly-dally around.
For the first time ever, we have black sea nettles on display with purple-striped jellies in the Open Sea. These two species' ranges overlap in the wild, making them able to co-exist as roommates on exhibit.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.