Japanese Sea Nettle

The Japanese sea nettle can grow to 12 inches in diameter and trail up to 48 ten-foot-long stinging tentacles. It has an orange-ish colored bell with dark orange lines radiating from the center of the bell to its edges.

  • Scientific Name: Chrysaora pacifica
  • Range: Pacific Ocean, Japan northward to the Bering Sea
  • Status in the Wild: Due to the reduction in numbers of jelly-eating animals such as sea turtles and some fish, jelly populations are growing at a high rate.
  • Location in the Zoo: They have their own tank in Kipp Aquarium.
  • Cool Animal Fact: The Japanese sea nettle tentacles sting is fairly mild, but can cause skin irritation and a burning sensation if touched.