Jellyfish are beautiful marine creatures that can be found in oceans all over the world, even near Antarctica. They can be found at the surface of the water or down deep in the sea. They are very simple organisms that have an umbrella-shaped top and tentacles that trail below. Jellyfish use their tentacles like a net to find food. Their tentacles also are a great defense mechanism since they carry venom that is shot into a predator, temporarily paralyzing it and allowing the jellyfish to escape.
Did you know…
… some jellyfish are bigger than a human and others are as small as a pinhead?
… people in some countries eat jellyfish?
… that jellyfish have been on Earth for millions of years, even before dinosaurs?
… jellyfish have no brain but some kinds have eyes?
… that jellyfish are mainly made up of water and protein?
… a group of jellyfish is called a smack? (http://www.jellywatch.org/blooms/facts)
Want to learn more about jellyfish? Check out these websites:
Make your own jellyfish lights.
Check out this amazing jellyfish in a bottle.
Create a fun jellyfish umbrella.
These are beautiful ribbon jellyfish.
These jellyfish are easy for kids of any age.
Pretend with this no-sew jellyfish costume.
Make glow-in-the-dark jellyfish.
Jellyfish Song and Video:
Jellyfish Lesson Plans:
Books about Jellyfish: Go visit your local library to find these and other books about jellyfish.
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