Animal Updates - March 1

Published March 01, 2013

Between our Baltimore and Washington, DC, venues, more than 17,500 animals representing 900 species call the National Aquarium home. There are constant changes, additions, and more going on behind the scenes that our guests may not notice during their visit. We want to share these fun updates with our community so we're bringing them to you in our weekly Animal Update posts!

Check our blog every Friday to find out what's going on... here's what's new this week!

Hairy Jellies!

These jellies get their name from the fringe of fine, hair-like tentacles that grace the bottom edge of their bell.

hairy jelly

The red dots also seen along the bell's edge of a hairy jelly are its "eyespots." These clusters of photo-sensitive cells can differentiate between light and dark.

Hair jellies are native to the shallow coastal waters of the north Pacific!

These jellies are currently behind-the-scenes in our jellies lab, but will be on exhibit soon!

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

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