Between our Baltimore and Washington, DC, venues, more than 17,500 animals representing 900 species call the National Aquarium home. There are constant changes, additions, and more going on behind the scenes that our guests may not notice during their visit. We want to share these fun updates with our community so we’re bringing them to you in our weekly Animal Update posts!
Check our blog every Friday to find out what’s going on… here’s what’s new this week!
Leidy’s comb jellies on exhibit!
These amazing creatures can now be seen in Jellies Invasion: Oceans out of Balance!
Did you know? Leidy’s comb jellies are bioluminescent, meaning they can make their own light (which they flash when disturbed).
This species looks different from other jellies because it’s not made up of a bell and tentacles. Instead, it is a translucent walnut-shaped body with wart-like bumps. For this reason, it’s sometimes called a sea walnut.
They make look “out-of-this-world,” but the natural range of this species is much closer than you think! They’re commonly found in the coastal waters of the Atlantic, from Cape Cod down to the Carolinas.
Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!