These dreamy drifters know how to go with the flow.
Watch moon jellies move with the current as they pulsate their delicate, translucent bells. They sport several distinctive characteristics, including bright, petal-like gonads in the center of their bells and a fine stinging fringe that they use to hunt prey. Different foods can transform them into a kaleidoscopic array of colors; if they feed extensively on crustaceans, they’ll turn pink or lavender. An orange tint hints that they’ve been feeding on brine shrimp.
Learn about the jelly-like "by-the-wind-sailor" Velella velella that is washing up on beaches all over the Monterey Peninsula. In this blog post and video, we share details of its cross-ocean journey and which stumpy predator enjoys it as a snack.
Our innovative aquarists cracked the code to raising beautiful, rainbow-generating comb jellies behind the scenes. You can see several members of this shimmering species on display in our Open Sea exhibit.
Ever wonder what a jelly feels like? Experience it firsthand on this fun exploration of our Open Sea wing, home to our largest exhibit and special exhibitions. Our guides highlight their favorite spots—plus a few 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.