Actually we want you to call them “jellies,” because they’re not fish. Jellies are fascinating and soothing to watch; in The Maritime Aquarium’s display, they’re like a living lava lamp.
Of course it's often NOT soothing to encounter a jelly in the water. In our “Sting” Gallery, the Aquarium presents several native species of jellies.
You’ll find moon jellies in our largest display and usually sea nettles or lion’s mane jellies in smaller tanks. Plus, you can safely touch moon jellies in our "Jiggle A Jelly" exhibit – open on weekends & school holidays Sept.-June and daily in July & August. It's safe because the sting of moon jellies is benign to humans.
Exhibiting jellies is no easy feat. They’re such poor swimmers that they would be sucked into the filtration system of most normal aquarium displays. So we have them in special tanks with gentle water circulation. Be sure to visit our Marine Lab too, to see how we raise a year-round supply.