Did You Know? Moon Jellies

Did You Know? Moon Jellies

jelly1This is one in a series of brief posts designed to encourage you to care as much as we do about coastal animals, plants and habitats — and the first about an animal in our SuperWild exhibit!

Did you know that you can sometimes see what a Moon Jelly had for dinner? These near invisible Moon Jellies (or Aurelia labiata) feed on small plankton organisms such as mollusks, crustaceans, larvae, copepods, etc. and, because they are translucent, crustaceans show up as lavender or pink, and brine shrimp as orange, in their bellies. You can easily see Moon Jellies in our Discovery Center Gallery, thanks to a dark blue background and special lighting, but they’re much tougher to spot in the open ocean. That’s good news for the jellies, which are considered a delicacy by many marine mammals.

SuperWildLogoOur SuperWild exhibit showcases “Super Powers” that animals have developed to survive in various environments. SuperWild opens on March 28 and runs through May 7, 2015. Can you guess what a Moon Jellies’ Super Power is? We think the answer is quite transparent. (Invisibility!)