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Back You are here: Home Features Events and Features Fort Fisher Aquarium Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for May 23, 2012

Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for May 23, 2012

Animal Fact of the Week - Moon jelly - A moon jelly (Aurelia aurita) at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The moon jelly (Aurelia aurita) lives in warm tropical waters, but can withstand cooler temperatures. They are found living in large numbers in more temperate sea environments. Moon jellies usually grow to the size of dinner plates as adults and are easily recognized by their four horseshoe shapes on their bell. Moon jellies are carnivorous and feed on plankton. They are not strong swimmers and cannot swim against ocean currents, which is why they often wash ashore. Moon jellies are native to the Atlantic ocean and are found in shallow coastal areas and near reefs. Come see moon jellies in the Ocean Gallery at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher!