Hundreds of blue blubber jellyfish (Catostylus mosaicus) are now amazing our guests in Lost Chambers at Atlantis, The Palm.
Did you know that….
- Their occurrence in the ocean is seasonal, responding to the availability of prey and temperature of the water, so we feel very lucky to be able to showcase them for you!
- They are composed of more than 90% water and most of their umbrella mass is a gelatinous material!
- During the day, the blue blubbers need to be near the surface of the water to get maximum sunlight for their photosynthetic alga that live within their bodies. The sunlight is used to provide nutrition and energy to the jellyfish.
- After sundown, the blue blubbers descend to lower parts of the water to hunt with the aid of 8 oral arms armed with numerous cells that contain venomous micro harpoons. When blue blubbers come into contact with planktonic prey, they inject their venom into it in order paralyze it and later consume with its tiny mouths. This same mechanism is used to defend itself from predatory animals, like other jellyfish, tunas, sharks or even sea turtles.
- They can grow up to a diameter of 35 cm!