Comb Jellies: Rainbows in the Sea

Comb Jellies at SeaQuest

Rainbows in the Ocean? Sounds crazy, we know! The Comb Jelly, scientifically known as Ctenophora, is a beautiful species of jellyfish that move through the ocean with the help of comb rows, or cilia, that reflect light. And you can see them at SeaQuest in Folsom, California. The light reflected off of these eight combs give off a rainbow or illuminating appearance. Comb Jellies are the largest animal to swim with the help of cilia, the largest Comb Jelly sizing in at 1.5 meters (that is about 4 ft 11 in). 

 

Here’s a shocker! Contrary to popular belief, Comb Jellies are not even Jellyfish at all! Comb Jellies belong to a separate category just for them called “Ctenophora.” This means that even though Comb Jellies are transparent (like Jellyfish), the combs that reflect light and help the jelly to swim put Comb Jellies in a world of their own!

Let's take a look at some Illuminating facts about Comb Jellies:

These free-floating rainbow animals can be found in almost all marine waters and are truly a wonder of our oceans. What was your favorite Comb Jelly fact? 

 

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