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Melbourne Aquarium Is Now Home to an Interactive and Luminous Jellyfish Exhibition

You can now get up close and personal with swarms of jellyfish at Sea Life's million-dollar 'Ocean Invaders' exhibition.
By Libby Curran
December 11, 2019
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Melbourne Aquarium Is Now Home to an Interactive and Luminous Jellyfish Exhibition

You can now get up close and personal with swarms of jellyfish at Sea Life's million-dollar 'Ocean Invaders' exhibition.
By Libby Curran
December 11, 2019
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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, 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 tomorrow, Thursday, December 12.

Spread across 300 square metres and three multi-sensory zones, and featuring a thousands of jellyfish from a range of species, Ocean Invaders has made its home permanently at the aquarium. It's 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.

Here, you can 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.

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

Find Ocean Invaders at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium from Thursday, December 12, 2019. Entry is included in the price of general admission ($37.40)

Published on December 11, 2019 by Libby Curran

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