New 2016: Jellyfish Discovery

Be mesmerised by our wonderful new jellyfish and discover their magical secrets in our special interactive area.

Here's some interesting facts on the species in the aquarium:

Golden Medusa (Mastigias papua): This jellyfish lives in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. They are different from the many other species of jellyfish, because they have lots of tiny mouth openings on their oral arms, which they use to feed. This type of jellyfish is usually active between the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. They live in symbiosis with tiny algae, which give the creature's skin a green-brown colour.

Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita): This species can be found in almost all of the oceans. They can be recognised by the four horseshoe-shaped gonads, which can be seen through the top of the bell. Just like other jellyfish, they feed on prey that they catch with  their tentacles, which they use to put in their body for digestion. It is only capable of limited motion and drifts with the tides, even when it's swimming. It has no breathing apparatus, so it exchanges gases by means of diffusion.

White-spotted Jellyfish (Phyllorhiza punctata): This species can be recognised by the white spots on its bell. The white-spotted jellyfish originally came from the South-West Pacific ocean, but it has also been recently seen off the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers are uncertain about how the species got introduced there, but it has been noted that this invasive species has become a threat to the local shrimp population. The poison of this jellyfish is not harmful for humans.

Japanese Sea Nettle (Chrysaora pacifica): This jellyfish has a bell that can grow up to 60 cm in diameter and tentacles that can reach 3 metres in length. This species can have up to 24 tentacles. Commonly found in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, it can live at great depths. The Japanese Sea Nettle is a mysterious creature and much about its behaviour and life cycle still remains unknown.

 

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