Jellies: Living Art

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Moon Jellyfish

Aurelia aurita 

ON EXHIBIT:  Jellies: Living Art and Boneless Beauties at Ocean Journey building

Moon Jellyfish

FUN FACTS
Moon jellyfish are typically translucent white, but may take on a pink, purple or orange hue depending on their last meal.  Their four gastric pouches, or stomachs, can easily be seen through their transparent bodies.  A fringe of hair-like tentacles can be found on the edge of the bell.  These tentacles contain stinging cells that help the jellyfish get food and defend itself. Nematocysts of the moon jelly are too small to bother most humans.

CONSERVATION
Moon jellyfish can be found in every ocean on Earth but no one is really certain of their origin.  Moons and other jellyfish, are often accidentally transported from one region to another in the ballast water of large seafaring ships.  Once released these invasive species compete with native animals and add stress to troubled fisheries.

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moon jellyfish - jimexpress44
Photo by jimexpress44

About This Animal

SIZE: Up to 20 inches in diameter. 

RANGE:  Circum-global, in temperate and tropical waters

HABITAT: Open water

DIET: Small zooplankton; mollusks, crustaceans, and fish eggs