We’re feeling Canadian today. Lets check out the live cam of the magnificent Japanese sea nettles that reside at the Vancouver Aquarium — a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life. Japanese sea nettles are a type of jelly, an invertebrate made up mostly of water. Jellies have no heart, brain or bones. They swim by jet propulsion, the jelly will expand then quickly contract its bell-shaped body, which forces water away from the bell and pushes the jelly in the opposite direction.
The Vancouver Aquarium wonders – DID YOU KNOW that…?
- Australia’s box jelly is the most dangerous jelly. It has a lethal toxin more potent than cobra venom. It can kill a person in minutes.
- Jellies have been in the Earth’s oceans for over 650 million years; they were here before the dinosaurs.
- The largest jelly has a bell that can reach 2.4 metres across and tentacles that extend over half the length of a football field.
- Many people consider jellies a delicacy. They are dried and de-salted to provide a nutrient-rich, low fat, low-calorie meal. It could become the next diet-craze food.