Underwater Wonder

August 2015
Written By: 
Julie Flanagan
Planet Jellies exhibit opens at Ripley’s Aquarium

If it’s been a while since you’ve checked out Ripley’s Aquarium, there is a whole new world awaiting your discovery. Planet Jellies, the attraction’s newest addition, opened in June and is all about one of the sea’s strangest and most beautiful creatures—the jellyfish.

The exhibit features more than 10 new interactive displays and tanks, including a mesmerizing gallery with backlit and color-changing features that lets you get a stellar view of these amazing animals. Guests will also be able to see the lifecycle and learn about conservation efforts in one of the largest jellyfish exhibits in the world.

Though maybe best known (and sometimes feared) for their stings, there is a wealth of information you may not have known about jellyfish to be found in Planet Jellies. As carnivores with no blood or brain, they drift in ocean and freshwater bodies, some right along our coasts. Their only predator? The sea turtle.

And before you judge them too harshly, you should know not all varieties actually sting.      

Planet Jellies will also feature a soft-playground geared toward kids, as well as a new concession area. The exhibit is included in the price of admission, so you’re ready for this jelly.

Planet Jellies
Ripley’s Aquarium, Broadway at the Beach, 1110 Celebrity Circle
Daily, opens at 9 a.m.
$24.99 for adults; $15.99 ages 6–11; $7.99 ages 2–5
(800) 734-8888