Exhibit / Jellies

Our world is wondrous jellies

Explore the beauty and tranquility of jellies


More than meets the eye

It’s been popularly accepted that jellies are simple yet pretty gelatinous blobs that float around at the mercy of currents but science shows that they are so much more sophisticated than we think. Research reveals their complexity, fascinating natural history and surprising connections with us.


Baby jellies spawning

Are jellies taking over the ocean?

Jelly meditation

Jellyfish Lab

Vancouver Aquarium Jelly Lab

The Vancouver Aquarium's Jelly Lab opened in 2005 with just a handful of local jelly species. Today, it is home to more than 30 different species from around the world.

Successfully raising different species of jellies is part science and part art. Jellies require specialized, circular tanks called kreisels, which mimic the open ocean environment. Jellies often need very specific environmental parameters, including temperature, salinity, diet and photoperiod. These optimal conditions can change as the jelly progresses through its different, distinct life history phases: planula larva, polyp, ephyra, and adult medusa stages. Raising jellies in the lab allows our biologists to gain an understanding of how water conditions and food affect the growth and success of jellies. This provides insight into how best to care for them at the Aquarium and how populations may be affected by environmental changes.

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