We were invited to attend the media preview of the new Jellies exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific. My daughter was supposed to cover the fun for a kids perspective but has been sick the last week. She hopes to return soon to check out all the unique mysteries of the jellies soon.
We grouped off and started our tour after watching the new, very entertaining, puppet show. The puppet show, that is part of the Jellies education program, was cute and very educational! I learned that the closest relative to the jelly is the coral reef.
We started the tour with our guide, Allie, she was super fun and very educated on sea-life in general!
Allie let us know that the average life of the jellies runs hours to months.. that's it. On the first floor we visited the "Wonders of the Deep" into Jelly Land as they call it. So amazing to see all the different types of jellies.
On of my favorites was the Warty Comb Jelly. It has a way of illuminating by refracting light so that we see a rainbow-like shine. It's truly amazing and I can not wait to show my daughter. She did a Science Project this year on - Can you make a Rainbow indoors? She will love this jelly!
On the Second Floor we found the Northern and Tropical region jellies. I also learned a few more facts. Did you know that the jellies are the oldest multi-organ animal in existence. Pretty impressive for something with out lungs, heart or a brain! Go Jellies Go!
Did you know that MOON JELLIES (Love these) are used as food for other jellies, reproduce the fastest, are the least venomous and are the ones you TOUCH when you are at the touch pad inside the aquarium?!?! Love these facts and fun things to know.
|Touch with TWO fingers!|
Before we wrapped up we were able to see all sorts of things behind the scenes! This really was an awesome experience and privilege to see these dedicated men and women work so hard to make what we see really happen!
They cultivate and propigate jellies right there! It was the most amazing thing to see, the life cycle of the jelly, right before my eyes. (keep in mind there are over 1000 species of jellies - insanely cool)
|Life Cycle of the Jellies!|
|Amazing to see how much effort goes into the propigation of jellies|
My 3 most favorite things about jellies:
1. They are so SIMPLE yet so COMPLICATED
2. They are OVER 500 Million years old
3. You can touch and feel them - who doesn't like to get hands on with the sea-life?!
More info on the New Jellies click HERE and for all of the educational fun at the Aquarium please click HERE .
Thank you to the Aquarium for the education and fun. I am excited to share your new exhibit with my family and readers!
A note from the Aquarium on the formal opening: