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About South Pacific Sea Nettles

The Pacific sea nettle is one of more than 200 known species of jellies in the world today. Sea nettles have a distinctive golden-brown bell that is usually about ten to 12 in. in diameter. 

These jellies swim constantly by pulsing water in and out of their bell, which is a necessity for oxygen exchange and feeding. At the edge of the bell, these jellies have light-sensing organs (ocellus) and gravity-sensing organs (statocysts) which they use to orient themselves within the water column. 

Sea nettles capture prey using their thin, maroon tentacles, which may trail behind them 12-15 ft. These tentacles have millions of microscopic nematocysts, or stingers, which are used to stun their prey. Once the prey is captured, it is transferred to the long white oral arms, which move the prey up the arm, through and into one of the four stomach pouches where it is digested. 

Pacific Sea Nettle at the Akron Zoo

Pacific sea nettles can be found in Curious Creatures, located inside of the Komodo Kingdom building.