Animal Update: Purple Striped Jellies

Two purple striped jellies have been added to our Jellies Invasion exhibit!
 

Published December 15, 2017

Purple striped jellies can be found primarily off the coast of California. This jelly has a white bowl-shaped bell with 16 purple stripes and very long tentacles. Their bell can be up to 3 feet wide, and tentacles can extend as long as 25 feet.

purple-striped-jellies

Young crabs are often found hiding in this jelly's bell. This is a symbiotic relationship – the crab helps the jelly by eating the parasitic amphipods that damage the jelly. 

This jelly is an opportunistic predator. Their diet consists of mostly zooplankton, including copepods, larval fish, ctenophores, other jellies and fish eggs.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates! 

Previous Post

Featured Stories

Snapping turtle and red-eared sliders Floating Wetland Update: Turtles, Fish and Birds!

Several new species have been spotted on the National Aquarium’s floating wetland prototype in the Inner Harbor!

Read the full story

Edwin Hubble and George Washington Carver Animal Rescue Update: Double Seal Release!

For the first time in its history, National Aquarium Animal Rescue simultaneously released two rehabilitated seals. The two male greys, nicknamed Edwin Hubble and George Washington Carver, were released in Ocean City, Maryland, on May 23.

Read the full story

Related Stories

Animal Update: McHenry the Loggerhead Ready for Release

Published October 25, 2018

Meet Our Trio of Puffin Chicks!

Published August 09, 2018