Day 354: Jellies

In Shedd’s new special exhibit, Jellies, discover the intriguing ways these pulsing, translucent animals survive—and thrive—in the world’s oceans. Learn how a jelly can devour enough food to double its weight each day, or how sea nettles hunt by trailing their long stinging tentacles to paralyze prey upon contact. And they do it all without blood, bones, or brains. On Earth for millions of years, but at Shedd for only a limited time! Jellies runs through May 28, 2012.

This is the NORTHEAST PACIFIC SEA NETTLE
Chrysaora fuscescens

Size: Up to 30 inches in diameter with mouth arms trailing up to 16 feet.
Habitat: Coastal waters of the northeast Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea.
Fun Fact: Sea nettles get their common name from the well-known plant that stings.

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