Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wildlife Wednesday - Jellies

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Wildlife Wednesdays

A few weeks ago we headed to Panama City Beach, FL for a family vacation. Of course while we were there we had fun learning and exploring nature! 

So what did my kids have fun playing with? Well crabs, dead fish, sea snails, dragonflies, sea cucumbers and JELLIES. Yup I let my children hold and play with jellyfish. Don't worry many of the species we found didn't sting except for one. We found Blue Buttons, Moon Jellyfish, Comb Jelly (not a jellyfish by the way) and a Portuguese Man O'War (the one that stings). No one got stung and not jellyfish were harmed during our investigating.

One thing very cool thing we did (besides hold and play with them) was feed the Man O'War a fish (ok so one fish was harmed, but a jelly has to eat). It was really cool and quite amazing to see how these carnivorous creatures eat. We also got to witness how complex these creatures really are. They are not a simple organism like you would think. They stalk their prey and also try to find ways to escape buckets.

When we got home we of course grabbed our Marvels of Creations - Sensational Sea Creatures book from New Leaf Publishing to learn more. This book is part of a series and they are all fabulous. They are loaded with great information and beautiful pictures.

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Renata said...

I went & read the rest of your post ~ it brought back memories of when I used to collect jellyfish when we lived near the beach! :)

Kim said...

It looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing all the jelly fish ideas, a unit study for them this summer is on our to do list.

Lexi said...

We had a brush with jellyfish at our last beach trip. Ours wasn't exactly a positive thing but maybe we should study them to prepare for our next beach trip :)

Christa Darr said...

Neat ~ we just recently learned there were freshwater jellies ~ we caught a few last week at the lake. (there is a photo of one in a bottle on my weekly wrap up camping post)

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