Once Brown and his team can successfully predict sea nettle
populations at any given point in the Chesapeake, they'll attempt to expand the technique to outbreaks of other undesirable organisms, such as toxic algae and the fish-killing microbe Pfiesteria piscicida (SN: 9/6/97, p.
3) One of the most popular exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is the Outer Bay room, where visitors tend to be transfixed by jellyfish and sea nettles
Among the educational experiences, guests will see how a jelly can devour enough food to double its weight each day, and learn how sea nettles
hunt by trailing their long tentacles and frilly feeding arms covered with stinging cells that paralyze prey upon contact.
In East Anglia, bathers were warned to watch out for an invasion of four-inch-wide blue jellyfish, known as Sea Nettles
, which carry a painful sting.
With this spring's introduction of Brown Sea Nettles
in the new jellies exhibit, the Aquarium's Husbandry department hopes to begin propagating this species in-house, in 2010.
An exhibit of Brown Sea Nettles
and Moon Jellies will greet visitors as they enter the Aquarium's main "Under the Bay" experience.