Aquarium of the Pacific - Online Learning Center - Species Print Sheet
Conservation Status: Safe for Now
(Aurelia aurita)Cniderians • Sea jellies
The translucent, moon-like moon jelly can be identified by the four half-circles on its bell. These are the reproductive tissues. The jelly’s bell is fringed with many small, delicate tentacles and it has four oral arms in the center. The toxins in this jelly’s stinging cells are not strong enough to penetrate human skin, making them safe to touch. In the wild they live in tropical and temperate areas of the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans.