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If you ever thought that it was a shame that you couldn’t touch your favorite translucent, tranquil creatures for fear of being stung—think again.

The new Oregon Coast Aquarium Sea Jelly Encounter provides the opportunity to get hands-on with our "moon jellies/explore/species/moon-jelly (Aurelia aurita). Visitors will learn about these boneless, brainless, and heartless invertebrates while receiving the chance to touch the non-stinging “bell,” or top of the jelly. The moon jelly is unique because even though the tentacles contain nematocysts like other sea jellies, the cells are very weak and typically cannot even be felt by humans.

“The Sea Jelly Encounter is unique because it allows guests to experience an animal that most people think of negatively and know little about,” said Jeff Harms, Education Manager at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. “They will get to learn about the complex jelly life cycle and how we culture and grow them at the Aquarium. And, of course, they get to touch one and connect with it in a way that may seem crazy to some.”

The encounter includes access to our Behind-the-Scenes sea jelly area, where guests will discover our sea jelly growing program and view jellies at various life stages (that’s right—baby jellies!). The cost of the encounter for Aquarium members is $20 and $25 for non-members.

Reservations for the new Sea Jelly Encounter are available starting Memorial Day Weekend on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 2:00 p.m. The Aquarium’s summer hours will also begin Memorial Weekend from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-FISH for more information, reservations or to purchase advance tickets.

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