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My JellyFish Experience-- A Photo Gallery

Updated on March 10, 2013
Just A Lot of Jellyfish
Just A Lot of Jellyfish | Source
Looks Like Freakish Aliens
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Upside Down Jellyfish
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Blue/Purple Jellyfish
Blue/Purple Jellyfish | Source
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Beautiful Transparency of Moon Jelly
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Glow in the Dark Jellyfish
Glow in the Dark Jellyfish | Source
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Monterey Bay Aquarium opened its Jellyfish Experience at the end of March 2012, and we were fortunate to be there when it opened. Even though the existing jellyfish experience is impressive enough, these photos are from the new Jellyfish Experience.

What is so amazing about the Jellyfish Experience is seeing the different types. I have never seen a blue/purple jellyfish. Also, the glow in the dark jellyfish are pretty interesting. They swim so gracefully in the water but look like aliens. There is lab attached to the exhibit where marine biologist prepare the jellyfish and study them. Visitors can view baby jellyfish in a portable aquarium kept near the lab window.

Jellyfish are marine invertebrates that look like the cap of a mushroom with tentacles. A group of jellyfish is a smack. A large swarm is called a bloom. Jellyfish have two stages: (1) stationary and (2) they are typically known for, mobile with tentacles, known as medusan stage. They are known for stinging and injecting toxins.

If you have a chance to see the jellyfish exhibit, I highly recommend it.


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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      DS Duby, what i amazing is that this is the special exhibit. The regular collection of jellyfish is as spectacular. We are just jaded by it since we have already seen the permanent collection. Thanks for your comments and for visiting my hub.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, Brett. I am glad you enjoyed these photos. They seemed unreal even in person.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      very beautiful photos, I was visiting the City Museum in Saint Louis and was able to get photos of the Jellyfish that they had. No where near the variety you have here but still awe inspiring.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      The photos say it all, just beautiful! What a great idea...

      Shared, up and awesome!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Giocatore, I appreciate your interest in these photos. They are much more amazing in real life, as I watched them move in the various tanks.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Teaches12345, I don't know whether it is apparent but the exhibit is under low light, to simulate the depths of the ocean. It is a relaxing exhibit.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      SweetiePie, I could stare at them for a long time. They are just very interesting to watch.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      rahul0324, I hope you see them, hopefully not in the ocean.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Paradise7, I also think it is interesting how they call a group of jellyfish. Thanks for visiting.

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      giocatore 5 years ago

      Wow, amazing photos! Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is my first blue purple jellyfish also, beautiful! The photos show a very serene experience and one that would be so relaxing to view. Love your coverage on this one. Beautiful, just beautiful!

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Really unique and beautiful creatures.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I loved these pics... I love jelly fish! I wish to see them.... Such lovely clicks

      Great hub!

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      Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Really lovely pics, and some interesting info to go along with them. "Smacks" of jellyfish, "blooms" of jellyfish. How very expressive!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, JKenny, for your compliment and your visit. I am glad you enjoyed the photos. I had to remove a lot of them that show reflections of hands and other visitors.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, Nettlemere, for your comment. The exhibit just opened, and since we have been on Monterey Bay Aquarium's email list, we were lucky it coincided with Spring Break.

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Amazing photos, sometimes its really hard to believe that jellyfish are actually animals like us. They look like something off an alien world. Voted up etc.

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      How amazing to have jelly fish in an aquarium. I never heard of that before, sounds like a really interesting visit.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, Fennelseed, for your comments and for your visiting. They are an amazing sight.

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Oh WOW, your pictures take me to a place that seems not on this planet!! These incredible creatures are so graceful and peaceful looking. Oh boy, and how creatively inspiring are your photos, just awesome.

      Love this hub, will be back again to soak it all in and enjoy some more!!! Thank you. My votes to you and sharing!!