Animal Update: Mediterranean Jellies

Learn more about the recent additions to our Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of Balance exhibit!

Published April 04, 2018

As indicated by their name, Mediterranean jellies are found in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as in coastal lagoons.

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This jelly is often referred to as the “fried egg jelly” because of its bell, which is elevated in the center and resembles the appearance of a fried egg! The bell’s diameter can reach up to 13 inches. This species can also be identified by its many distinct purple mouth-openings at the end of its appendages. Mediterranean jellies feed on smaller jellies and other zooplankton.

In their natural habitat, Mediterranean jellies thrive as small, immobile polyps during the winter months. However, from May to November, they metamorphose into free-swimming juveniles and develop into adult medusae with their signature “fried egg” bell and purple-tipped appendages. This yearly life cycle allows this species to thrive and reproduce despite the strong seasonal changes in its range.  

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