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.