Sea World has today announced that they will be opening a fascinating Sea Jellies Illuminated exhibit at the park next year.
The unique exhibit will feature an array of sea jelly displays and educational elements, as well as a working research laboratory that will be on display allowing guests to view Griffith University students undertaking research into the fascinating world of the aquatic animals.
Sea World Director of Marine Sciences, Trevor Long said the fascinating exhibit will provide greater public awareness and education about varying species of jellies.
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“Sea Jellies rank among the most fascinating creatures of the sea and this exhibit will provide guests with an opportunity to get an up-close look at the incredibly interesting species,” he said.
“The exhibit will house a variety of local Australian species such as the Blue Blubber, the Moon jelly, Upside Down jellies and Irukanji, of which polyps are currently being cultured in Griffith School of Environment labs.
“Coinciding with the exhibit, Griffith University will also establish a working research centre which will allow scientists to learn more about the species.
“We have also partnered with Surf Life Saving Queensland on this exhibit which will enable us to educate guests about symptoms of stings and what to do if stung while using the marine environment.”
Surf Life Saving Queensland Chief Operating Officer, George Hill ESM said the exhibit is an unprecedented opportunity to educate the public on safe co-existence with marine jellies in their environment.
“There are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding sea jellies and treatment, and an opportunity to educate the public on sting prevention, the right treatment and more importantly identifying dangerous species like Irukandji, is vital to our vision at SLSQ,” he said.
The Sea Jellies Illuminated exhibit is due to open in April 2018.