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.
We know that microplastic particles from our water bottles, clothing and take-out containers are at the surface of the ocean, but we've just discovered that there's even more in the deep sea. Read our latest research results to learn who's been eating these deep-sea plastic particles and what that means for their health — and the ocean's!
Our wallpapers feature fabulous floaters like purple-striped jellies, black sea nettles and bloodybelly comb jellies. Explore our collection and download one today!
A fish as big as a car glides past, while thousands of sardines move as one. Nearby, jellies shimmer and pulse. This exhibit gives the impression of an infinite ocean, and will expand your view in the same way. Go deep with our guides as they highlight their favorite spots — plus a few sneak peeks behind the scenes.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.