Sea Jellies Illuminated comes to life

Griffith University has cemented its partnership with iconic Gold Coast theme park Sea World with the opening of the Sea Jellies Illuminated exhibit.

Sea Jellies Illuminated gives Sea World visitors the chance to get up close to a range of different sea jelly species in an array of eye-catching ‘illuminated’displays while learning more about these amazing aquatic animals.

Theexhibit incorporates a working research laboratorywhich will allow visitorsto view Griffith students undertaking research into the fascinatingunderwaterworld of sea jellies.

Associate Professor Kylie Pitt in the Sea Jellies Illuminated research lab at Sea World.

Griffith University Head of Marine Science Associate Professor Kylie Pitt said it was extremely excited to partner with Sea World for the opening of Sea Jellies Illuminated.

“The new Griffith Sea Jellies Research Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility, which places Griffith University at the forefront of jellyfish research internationally,” she said.

“The laboratory provides an amazing opportunity for the public to see research being done and to gain greater understanding of what scientists do, why research is important and how research benefits the environment and society.”

Sea World’s Trevor Long said sea jellies rank among the most fascinating creatures of the sea and he is extremely proud to open this world-class exhibit with Griffith University.

“Sea Jellies Illuminated is a visually impressive exhibit but importantly it also provides greater public awareness and education about a varying species of jellies, which are often misunderstood,” he said.

The illuminated displays house a range of sea jelly species.

“Guests can now get an up-close look at and be able to learn about a variety of local Australian species such as the Blue Blubber (Catostylussp.), the Moon jelly

(Aureliaaurita), Upside Down jellies (Cassiopeasp.) and many more in illuminated displays.

“In addition to the exhibit Griffith University have a working researchcentreon the top-floor of the exhibit which will allow scientists to learn more about the species.

“There is also Surf Life Saving Queensland information within the exhibit to educate guests about symptoms of stings and what to do if stung while using the marine environment.”