Jammin' with Jellies

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Make your way to the North Pacific Aquarium and step into an underwater world of wonder. Be mesmerized by the haunting beauty of billowing bells and flowing tentacles of colorful jellyfish. Explore fantastic jellyfish artwork made from recycled objects, hands-on activities, and more!

“People love jellies because they are so mesmerizing,” says staff biologist Chad Widmer. “Just stand and watch them for a while. You get drawn in. It’s awesome!”

Spotlight Species

Jellyfish are captivating, mysterious creatures. They have no bones, no brains, no blood. They catch prey with stinging tentacles, but most are harmless to humans. As the medusae drift through the sea, they help maintain the delicate life balance of the world’s oceans, feasting on zooplankton, small crustaceans and other life forms.

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Flame jellyfish

Northeast Pacific sea nettles

Moon jellyfish*

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Crystal jellyfish
Japanese sea nettles

* Moon jellies can be found in the lower North Pacific Aquarium.

Conservation tips

Jellies help keep ocean ecosystems in balance. You can help, too!
  • Reduce your carbon footprint. One easy way is to have a "no idle" policy when driving. Did you know we're an Idle-Free Zoo?
  • Choose sustainably produced seafood to maintain healthy fish populations and habitats.
  • Take care to prevent lawn chemicals, oil from cars, and other pollutants out of stormwater systems - which flow into rivers and oceans.