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Jelly Invasion

Ending November 12th


Jelly Invasion

New exhibit now open

Thousands of jellyfishes are invading the Vancouver Aquarium. With over 15 different species of jellyfishes from all over the globe on exhibit, plus new shows, activities and interactive displays, there’s a lot of new and exciting things to see and do.

See several jellyfish species rarely on display at the Aquarium, including the lion’s mane, a jellyfish whose tentacles can grow to the length of five public transit buses parked end to end (60 metres long); the upside-down jellyfish, which care for the algae growing in their tissues by always flipping upside down; the blubber and spotted jellyfishes from the warm waters of the Indo-Pacific that have no tentacles but still sting; and the translucent comb jelly, a fierce predator of other comb jellies found in our cooler local waters. Plus, don’t forget visitor favourites like the Pacific sea nettles and moon jellies.

Although jellyfishes may seem like simple gelatinous blobs (their bodies are about 95 percent water), these graceful creatures are actually quite complex. Explore our new exhibits and interactive displays to learn how jellyfishes hunt, eat, protect themselves and reproduce, despite having no head, heart, brain or bones.  

In addition, you can learn about the intriguing phenomenon of jelly blooms – unusually huge aggregations of jellyfishes and comb jellies, that can decimate fisheries, tip fishing boats and shut down power plants. Find out how humans help cause jellies to bloom into unusually huge numbers and about the studies undertaken by researches to better understand them.

Spend a few hours with us and you’ll soon find out there’s so much more to these delicate, beautiful creatures than meets the eye.

Jelly Invasion


Jelly Cam

Watch jellyfish live on our Jelly Cam - enjoy!

spotted Jelly Cam

Watch our new Spotted Jelly Cam - live from the Aquarium. 

New Shows & Activities

Jelly Deli

If we truly believe that “variety is the spice of life”, then we shouldn’t be surprised at some of the strange things that we eat… including jellyfish! Visit the Jelly Deli to learn all about which jellyfish can be found on menus all over the world, the many different ways they can be prepared and the importance of unusual food items for sustainability. The truly adventurous may even get the chance to snack on some jelly delicacies! Learn more about this show

Jelly Invasion
Jelly Invasion

The Jelly Factor

It’s time to put your jelly knowledge to the test in this fun game show style interpretive program taking place in Canada's Arctic. Step right up and prove that you’re a jelly expert for a chance to win a fabulous prize. Not the competitive type? Cheer on participants as a part of the audience and get a lesson in Jellyfish 101 and the surprising ways these stinging creatures are connected to us. Learn more about this show

All About Jellies

Throughout the galleries you’ll find Aquarium volunteers that can’t wait to tell you more about the fascinating world of jellies. In the Treasures of the B.C. Coast Gallery you’ll be introduced to jellies and their stinging celled cousins and the Tropic Zone is the place to visit if you want to learn about the role that jellies play as part of the marine ecosystem. In the Pacific Canada Pavilion we’ll be talking all about the inner workings of these gelatinous blobs of goo and you can visit the Sting Station to learn everything you ever wanted to know about jellyfish stings and what to do if you get stung (hint: it might not be what you think). 

Jelly Invasion
Jelly Invasion

Jelly Invasion Craft Corner

Want to take the Jelly Invasion home? Visit the craft station to create your own jellyfish masterpiece. Using only one sheet of paper, you can decorate and fold your own beautiful origami jellyfish. Energetic and enthusiastic volunteers will be available to help perfect your entire family’s creations.


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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

A jelly is made up of up to 96 per cent water.
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