Monday, September 5, 2011

Fun weekend, cool jellies!

Hey everyone!

The weekend was good. We did some fun things. Drove to Monterey, CA, and got stuck in lots of traffic en route. But the scenery around us was so beautiful, we loved the drive!! We were surrounded by some of the most fragrant tall Eucalyptus trees. Then slowly drifting past artichoke farms, we could see the artichoke-heads up close near the highway. Around Gilroy, we could smell Garlic!
At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we saw the coolest jellies. These are called Comb Jellies. They propel themselves through the water using their hairy cilia. And light diffracts off their hairy-cilia-comb making an amazing rainbow! Check out this video from that exhibit (uploaded by someone with a fairly steady hand). And you can read more about Comb Jellies here.


I don't think the one below was at the Aquarium when we went, but I spotted the next video browsing through the aquarium website - the Bloodybelly Comb Jelly.


Nature is astonishing!

Cheerio and thanks for stopping by!

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