These sea nettles, a genus of jellyfish called Chrysaora, live at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.
Students will be able to classify marine animals based on their phylum: cnidarian, arthropod and mollusk (cephalopods) and analyze symbiotic relationships among various marine animals.
A roundup of animal questions, with answers from Paola Bouley of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Kent McFarland of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, naturalist Mary Holland and Jo Blasi of the New England Aquarium.
Speaking from her lab in Kansas, surrounded by jellies, Toxinologist Anna Klompen invites us into her scientific Polyp Parlor to chat about barbs, neurotoxins, quick sting fixes, panty hose, the deadliest jellies, the harmless ones, pee, her favorite moments in science and the species that have her heart forever.
Get ready for PacMan ghosts, pet jellyfish, the biggest and smallest jellies, new band names, live medusas, secret formulas to incite jellyfish puberty, and the lengths that Dr. Rebecca Helm will go to to see a jelly bloom.