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.
In our Underwater Explorers program, kids ages eight to 13 can encounter amazing animals and discover the wonders of Monterey Bay while being safely guided by Aquarium dive staff in our Great Tide Pool. No experience is necessary, only a sense of adventure!
The squid, like the octopus, is famous for its fabulous color-changing abilities. So, how does it work? In our latest blog post, we share amazing footage of a young squid showing off its chromatophores — the color-changing cells that help make the magic happen.
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.