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Ocean Invaders Is the Interactive and Luminous New Jellyfish Exhibition Floating Into Melbourne Aquarium

You'll be able to get up close and personal with swarms of jellyfish at this new million-dollar Sea Life exhibition when it launches in summer.
By Libby Curran
September 10, 2019
By Libby Curran
September 10, 2019

They're perhaps the most mystical of all sea creatures, but you probably haven't had much of a chance to get up close and personal with real-life jellyfish. Well, this summer, all that's about to change. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is shining the spotlight on these ocean enigmas with an interactive new $1.5 million jellyfish exhibition launching in December.

Spread across 300 square metres and three multi-sensory zones, and featuring a thousands of jellyfish from a range of species, Ocean Invaders is set to make its home permanently at the aquarium. It'll be home to a range of exhibitions dedicated to these gelatinous critters — from lighting installations to hands-on activities and mesmerising, colourful displays of living jellyfish.

You'll learn the ins and outs of jellyfish, watch them being cared for by Sea Life's ocean experts and even crawl through a cylindrical tank surrounded by them. In another zone, striking light projections lend even more magic to a range of living displays, including one transparent sphere that's packed full of floating creatures.

An artist's impression of 'Ocean Invaders'

Species like the blue blubber jellyfish (catostylus mosaicus), the upside-down jellyfish (cassiopea andromeda) and sea nettles (chrysaora melanaster) will also feature in the Ocean Invaders collection, which also aims to school visitors on why some jellyfish populations are currently booming across our oceans.

Ocean Invaders is set to open at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium on December 12, 2019. Find it at corner of Flinders and King Streets, Melbourne.

Published on September 10, 2019 by Libby Curran


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