The sea jellies have taken over the Aquarium of the Pacific with the new exhibit that opened last week have with new exhibits and programs.
Did you know that jellies do not have a heart, brain or lungs? These creatures, made up of 95% water and some with quite a sting. Now you can explore many different species through new exhibits, educational programs, films and more. There is even a touch tank featuring the beautiful moon jellies.
Last week I was invited to a behind the scenes press day where we had the opportunity to explore these amazing creatures through a guided tour. First we wandered through the Northern Pacific gallery where we discovered the colorful comb jellies and the umbrella jellies. I particularly enjoyed watching the sea nettles, and exhibit I regularly stop, admire and take photos because it’s like a graceful ballet as they glide through the water.
In the Southern California/Baja gallery, we found sea jellies that inhabit our local waters including purple-striped jellies and egg yolk jellies.
On the 1st floor of the Aquarium, experience moon jelly through touch, and discover the soft, slimy feel that some describe as gummy bears.
My favorite part of the tour was the opportunity to go “behind the scenes” and see how the husbandry department of the Aquarium cultivate the sea jelly population we see on display and take care of these amazing gelatinous animals.
My favorite species were the adorable little sun jellies with their smaller structure and white spots that covered their bodies. They floated around the tank, flowing with the tide.
Next up at the Aquarium, the Pacific Islander Festival entertains guests the weekend of June 6th and 7th which we have a discount featured below. During the festival, guests will be able to dive into the rich cultures of the Pacific Islands through traditional craft demonstrations, tasty dishes, educational programs, storytelling, music and traditional dance performances.
We’re giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to The Aquarium of the Pacific to enjoy the Pacific Islander Festival June 6th – 7th.
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About The Aquarium:
The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, celebrates our planet’s largest and most diverse body of water, the Pacific Ocean, and is dedicated to conserving nature and its resources by building relationships among people. Home to over 11,000 animals, the Aquarium features hands-on discovery labs, the Molina Animal Care Center, Lorikeet Forest aviary, interactive Shark Lagoon, Ocean Science Center, Wonders of the Deep gallery, and June Keyes Penguin Habitat.
The Aquarium is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (except Dec. 25 and during the Grand Prix April 17-19, 2015), and is located on Southern California’s coast at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. For more information, call 562-590-3100 or visit aquariumofpacific.org