NOW OPEN! Welcome to Planet Jellies! Our NEW, beautiful expansion to the Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach. With thousands of jellies surrounding you it will feel as if you’re in a different world! This transfixing gallery will mesmerize you with its backlit and color-changing displays.
Moon Jellies are translucent white and beautiful to watch. They are made almost entirely of water and can live up to 25 years old! They are easy to identify by the four moon shapes on their medusa.
Their tentacles are poisonous to small marine animals, but not to people.
These calming creatures range from 2-15 inches in diameter, but can shrink to one-tenth in size if they are deprived of food. By getting smaller they are able to save energy. But don’t worry! They grow back once they eat again. They like to eat things like plankton, shrimps, eggs, fish eggs, and larval crabs.
JAPANESE SEA NETTLE
Japanese Sea Nettles, also called Pacific Sea Nettles, are our largest Jellies in our expansion. They have beautiful colors and are wonderful to watch. They move up and down and can go as much as one mile a day!
Their medusa (umbrella dome) can get up to 24 inches in length and their tentacles grow up to 10 feet long! They get up to 330 feet deep where they feed on small fish, large zooplankton, and even other jellyfish.
The sting of a Japanese Sea Nettle is rather mild, but still causes burning, so best to avoid!
SPOTTED LAGOON JELLY
The Spotted Lagoon Jelly is commonly found in lagoons, harbors, or bays. They can grow up to 6 inches wide. They love to eat zooplankton. They do not have a single mouth to eat, in fact this jelly has multiple tiny mouth openings on its arms!
The Spotted Lagoon Jellies also act as bodyguards. Some of the larger ones will have small fish living with them! These fish use the jelly’s bell shape as protection from larger creatures. Once they reach maturity the fish move along.
These jellies love sunlight! During the day they travel upward to catch some rays!
ATLANTIC SEA NETTLE
Smaller than the Japanese Sea Nettle, the Atlantic Sea Nettle grows up to 25 centimeters wide and the tentacles grow up to 50 centimeters. Although they are smaller, the sting of these beautiful creatures can be severe and even deadly! So be aware, they are common in New England all the way down to Brazil!
The mouth of the Atlantic Sea Nettle is located at the center of one end of their body. Their diet consists of minnows, anchovy eggs, mosquito larvae, and worms. Delicious!
They are a pale pinkish or yellowish color and compared to other jellies it has a greater color variation. They might be gorgeous, but their sting hurts. Luckily it is not deadly to humans!
Upside-Down jellies are a brownish color. That color is algae that lives inside their tissue, giving off the brownish hue. They grow up to 12 inches wide. The Upside-Down Jellies eat with their hundreds of mouths that are found on the edges of their 8 oral arms.
This peaceful jelly is very social and rarely found alone. They flip upside-down and lay on the ocean floor next to their buddies! By laying upside-down the jelly can expose its algae to the sun, which allows it to photosynthesize, which is how this jelly gets their food. They prefer to lay in shallow areas which give them stronger sun exposure, so watch your step when you are in mangrove swamps or sea grass beds, you don’t want to disturb an upside-down jelly!