sea-nettle

Anyone have peanut butter for that jelly? Jellies are more than just pretty to look at—they’re heavyweights of the ocean ecosystem. Plentiful and potent, they’re powerful planktonic predators, as well as prey for numerous species—sometimes including anemones! Here a white-spotted rose anemone chows down on a drifting sea nettle. 

Need more jelly? Check out our Jelly Cam. 

Happy Holidays from the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Tips to make the season bright:

When storms make rough seas, what do seals do? Find a comfy beach and nap it out!

Though only a few inches big, bell jellies have at least 100 wispy tentacles and multiple sets of eyespots.

Eels have an extra set of jaws in their throats to help secure prey—and hit those high notes!

In addition to looking stylish, blackfooted penguin coats provide a double layer of insulation: densely packed feathers over a soft layer of down.

Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!