Friday, May 22, 2015

Aquarium of the Pacific New Jellies Exhibits OPEN NOW!

Aquarium of the Pacific New Jellies Exhibit OPEN NOW!

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.

An Honor to listen to the members dedicated to making this amazing exhibit a possibility out of a vision. 

I had the best time. We were able to go behind the scenes and view some of the areas of the Aquarium that are off limits to the general public. You know.. me on a typical day.. but today I was so excited to see what happens behind the scenes. 

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


It was an experience to remember and I can not wait to get back and spend hours just watching these amazing jellies. I really could have just sat and watched them all day.

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:


Delve into the mysterious world of sea jellies as you explore new exhibits,
educational programs, a film, and more

Long Beach, CA—They have no heart, brain, or lungs and have existed on our planet since before the time of the dinosaurs. The Aquarium of the Pacific invites you to delve into the mysterious world of sea jellies through the new Jellies exhibits opening on May 22, 2015. Often referred to as “jellyfish,” sea jellies are actually invertebrates, or animals without backbones. Some species of sea jellies can indicate if ocean water is clean while others indicate if it is polluted. They’re made up of 95 percent water and are delicate, but some jellies wield a potent sting. Visitors to the Aquarium can explore the amazing life of these gelatinous animals and learn about their importance to our ocean planet through new exhibits, educational programs, films, and more. Ever wondered what a jelly feels like? You can even safely touch them at the Aquarium.

New jelly exhibits will be added to each of the Aquarium’s indoor galleries, displaying new jelly species in addition to those already on display. Sea jellies are found in ocean waters all over the world, as well as freshwater. In the Tropical Pacific gallery, learn about lagoon jellies and upside-down jellies, which live in warmer, shallow waters. They both host symbiotic algae in their tissues that enables them to survive on nutrition provided via photosynthesis.

In the Northern Pacific gallery, home to animals from colder waters, visitors can see the Aquarium’s permanent jelly collection as well as a new exhibit explaining the complex lifecycle of sea jellies. Shimmering comb jellies, umbrella jellies, and sea nettles as well as the lion’s mane jelly, whose tentacles can get as long as a blue whale, are among the jellies featured in this gallery. The Southern California/Baja gallery will feature sea jellies found in local waters, including purple-striped jellies and egg yolk jellies.

Visitors to the Wonders of the Deep gallery near the Aquarium’s entrance will have the opportunity to touch moon jellies. This gallery will also feature bioluminescent jellies as well as various specimens on loan from researchers in the field, such as tiny thimble jellies. Learn about the stinging cells all jellies have, only some of which can hurt humans; find out about jelly blooms and their relationship to human activity; and see how jellies are raised at the Aquarium. It all starts this summer.

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