Behind the Scenes at the Jellies Experience Exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Behind the Scenes
+ A Jellyfish Laboratory
A Jellyfish Laboratory
Our aquarists grow many of the jellies you see on exhibit. It takes
about four months of constant care to cultivate these spotted jellies.
Size: diameter to 5.5 in. (14-16 cm)
Instead of nets, which can damage fragile
tissue, aquarists use soft-sided containers
to move animals like this upside-down jelly.
Size: diameter to 12 in. (30 cm)
+ Far-Out Life
Some jellies start out as tiny
polyps. When conditions are
right, they split into tiny
discs and each one pops off to
become a new jelly, smaller
than a grain of rice.
It takes precision and patience to feed these delicate animals.
Aquarists carefully squirt bulb basters full of food and water
toward a jelly's sticky tentacles. This moon jelly has fine
fringe that helps funnel food into its mouth and clearly
visible stomach pouches.
Size: diameter to 15 in. (38 cm)
+ Tiny Gardeners
These growing Mediterranean
jellies require fresh sea water
and lots of light. They feed
mainly on plankton, but also
host symbiotic algae that
produce food by photosynthesis.
+ A New Frontier
A New Frontier
Jellyfish science is a relatively new field. We're always learning
more about how to grow and exhibit animals like these spectacular
Size: diameter to 13 in. (33 cm)