Photos by Travis Snelling
Say what you will about invertebrates, but jellyfish are amazing creatures. Until seeing the jellyfish aquarium in The Dig at Atlantis Resort I just thought jellyfish were globs of gelatinous goo with sting-strings hanging off of them. Now having seen a whole bunch of them up close, I still think that’s what they are. Only difference now is that I’ve got a new found respect for how effortlessly they keep up the appearance of being such a simple “thing” yet are so complex.
For instance, they don’t have digestive or respiratory systems yet they’re found swimming in every ocean, from surface to sea-floor, eating up small fish and other sea creatures. They don’t have a brain or central nervous system, yet they’re adept at finding other jellyfish and forming what are called “blooms” (basically a big jellyfish gang). It’s both strange and fascinating how these creatures even exist, let alone survive.
To see jellyfish like this one up close and personal without having to worry about being stung, you can see them in all their ultraviolet goodness at Atlantis simply by building a trip to The Bahamas with the tripatlas.com/new Trip Builder.