Get an up-close look at the delicate sea nettles in our Open Sea exhibit.
Watch our sea nettles as their long tentacles and lacey mouth-arms move smoothly through the water. But don't let these unassuming invertebrates fool you—their graceful trailing parts are covered in stinging cells used for hunting. When their tentacles touch tiny drifting prey, the stinging cells paralyze it and stick tight. The prey is moved to the mouth-arms and then to the mouth, where it's digested.
Questions like this motivated a team of scientists to learn—and document—how to tag jellies so that we can find out more about them and their role in ocean ecosystems. These new tagging techniques will help researchers better appreciate these mysterious "blobs of goo."
Hop aboard the MST trolley for a fast, fun and free ride to the Aquarium! The trolley runs every 10 to 15 minutes with stops in downtown Monterey, Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and the Aquarium. Look for the electric trolley in the fleet for an emission-free trip!
As comb jellies move through the water, their eight rows of cilia defract the light and produce a beautiful, shimmering effect. You can see two species—the lobed comb jelly and the sea gooseberry—on display together in our Open Sea exhibit.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.