Mnemiopsis leidyi Photos

Iridescent Jelly
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Iridescent Jelly

This amazing little creature is a Comb Jelly. The lights in rows on the side of his body are rows of tiny cilia (tiny movable hair like structures). But the light does not come from bioluminescence, the cilia are like tiny little prisms refracting the ambient light as the jelly waves the cilia to move through the water. The resulting wave of small rainbows is quite a show.

Shimmering Jelly
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Shimmering Jelly

Well we raced off to Monterey to see the Jellyfish before they went away. And they were well worth the four and a half hour drive. If you are going to be there before the end of this weekend I highly recommend you check them out. The show is "Jellies: Living Art" and in addition to the jellies they have some beautiful art that was inspired by the gracefulness of the jellyfish.

Of course if you can't get there by Sunday, they still have plenty of other amazing things to see. And I'm pretty sure they will still have some jellies, just not the big display. But I would imagine they are planning something interesting for the spot that they will be vacating.