The new Jelly Gallery at the Two Oceans Aquarium has quickly become one of our most popular spaces, since opening in June 2016. Visitors are raving about this mesmerizing display and they’ve gotten very creative with their photos.

As you enter the Jelly Gallery, you are invited to have a look through small peepholes in the wall. On the other side of the window, you will see tiny, beautiful 3D models depicting the life cycle of jellies, from planula larvae to strobila all the way to adult medusa stage.

The earliest of these life stages are often too small for the naked eye to see, so – together with Rabbit Disruptive Technologies – we’ve magnified these life stages and created otherworldly 3D sculptures for visitors to look at.

Watch part of the 3D-printing process below: 

Jelly lapse by Rabbit

Time-Lapse of the jellies being printed in clear resin on the Formlabs' Form2 3D printer for the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa

Posted by Rabbit Disruptive Innovations on Thursday, June 16, 2016

 

Visitors can then see juvenile compass and Malaysian jellies, grown right here behind the scenes at the Aquarium by our jelly expert Krish Lewis, displayed in round kriesel tanks. Although they are very small now, these two species can grow exceptionally large.

 

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And then for the main attraction, the hypnotising jelly hall, where cylinders of box, blue blubber and moon jellies swirl and are reflected in floor to ceiling mirrors. Visitors often feel like they’re in a wonderful ocean maze as these jellies dance all around them.

Facts about jellies

Jellies are not fish at all.

Jellies are boneless, brainless and heartless.

Some jellies have teeth.

A group of jellies is called a smack.

 

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Jelly blooms have been known to stop aircraft carriers in their tracks, bring coastal nuclear power plants to their knees, close beaches and capsize entire fishing vessels!

Jellies are about 96% water and the rest is protein.

 

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A box jelly has no brain, but has 36 eyes, eight of which are similar in function and structure to human eyes.

Some jellies live for just a couple of hours, while others are considered immortal.

 

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The lion’s mane jelly has tentacles up to 60m long.

Keep going!

On the other side of the Jelly Gallery is our new I&J Ocean Exhibit where a whole host of other wonderful creatures await …

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