purple jellies

Need more ice and fire after last night? We’ve got an encore with our black sea nettles and purple-striped jellies! No dragons though.


We’re very excited to display these two species together—with overlapping ranges in the wild, this gelatinous song of ice and fire is being sung in our exhibit hall once again! It’s been years of diligent work on the part of our jelly aquarists to raise black sea nettles (Chrysaora achlyos) and purple-striped jellies (Chrysoara colorata) from scratch behind the scenes. Thanks jelly aquarists!

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Jellies come in all shapes and stripes—in this case, purple ones! Purple-striped jellies can grow quite large, with their bells reaching up to three feet wide and the tentacles extending to 25 feet!