Shedd Aquarium announced that its popular special exhibit, Jellies, sponsored by Walgreens, has been extended through 2013. Since launching the exhibit last spring, Shedd has welcomed over 1.1 million guests to the mysterious world of these rarely seen creatures that survive—and thrive—without bones, blood, or brains.
Shedd guests will be mesmerized by the continuing special exhibit showcasing pulsing, translucent sea jellies and their mystifying natural history. Jellies will immerse guests in an underwater world of rarely seen animals that have survived—and thrived—for millions of years. From beautiful and translucent moon jellies, to unique and fascinating upside-down jellies, to a variety of intriguing and eerie sea nettles, guests will encounter more than 10 species of jellies throughout the temporary special exhibit.
In Jellies, guests "dive" into the deep and complicated world of sea jellies, learning how their simple bodies have allowed them to survive for millions of years. Among the educational experiences, guests will learn how a jelly can devour enough food to double its weight each day, and understand how sea nettles hunt by trailing their long tentacles and frilly feeding arms covered with stinging cells that paralyze prey upon contact. The exhibit also includes a lifecycle exhibit, combining video and actual jellies in various stages of their lifecycle. Guests will even learn about the anatomy of jellies through illuminated features focusing on the most vital organs of their simple bodies.
“Every exhibit at the aquarium – permanent to special – provides visitors with a meaningful experience that will inspire them to act,” said Ted Beattie, Shedd President and CEO. “The vibrant colors, illustrative models and extraordinary nature of the animals themselves – all featured within Jellies – connect the allure of this species with the explorer at heart of all of us. We’re proud at Shedd to continue providing a space where our guests can embrace his or her inner underwater explorer through Jellies.”
For 500 million years, the seemingly simple systems of sea jellies have helped the often still mysterious creatures thrive in the world's oceans. There are thousands of species of jellies in the world, with more being discovered every day! Throughout Jellies, guests will learn how jellies' bodies are 95% water and their feeding arms can grow up to 8 feet long; how drifting with the current, jellies travel thousands of miles; and how the tiniest jelly could nestle into a contact lens, while the largest couldn't squeeze into a minivan. Enter this mesmerizing world of jellies, where your hosts are these spectacular creatures—some beautiful, some mysterious, but every one of them fascinating.
Jellies will run for a limited time at Shedd Aquarium from through 2013.
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• Jellies’ bodies are 95% water. Their fragile makeup, diverse sizes and wide ranges all pose creative challenges to researchers. Learn more about how scientists study jellies.
• The Japanese sea nettle has 16 brown stripes on the subumbrella (underside) and eight stomach pouches. Learn more about Japanese sea nettles and other species.
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