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News release - Issued by The Deep

Fried-Egg Jellyfish?! – It’s no Yolk!

The Deep welcomes the arrival of 6 Fried-egg jellyfish onto display, just in time to celebrate National Breakfast Week!

Fried Egg Jellyfish


A new species of jellyfish has today gone on display in the Cool Seas exhibit, as The Deep becomes the first UK aquarium to attempt to culture this species (not to over-egg it!). It’s easy to see how this particular animal got its name. Growing up to 2ft wide, the bell of this jellyfish looks exactly like an undercooked fried egg, complete with a bright yellow ‘yolk’ at the centre. It’s tentacles can grow to a whopping 20ft long and have a remarkably mild sting – but are very sticky! They trail along in the current latching on to prey then immobilising them with the sting of its oral arms underneath the bell.

Their diet mostly consists of other jellyfish and the colour of the ‘yolk’, ranging from a yellow/orange to a purple/black, can tell us exactly what species it has been eating.

These 6 young adults have come to us from Vienna Zoo along with 4 other species of jellyfish in their polyp phase - including yet another new species for The Deep, the Umbrella Jellyfish. Over the years The Deep has successfully cultured and displayed 5 species of jellyfish and are currently working on culturing another 6 species behind the scenes.

Tom Rowe, Aquarist in charge of jellyfish at The Deep says “It’s great to have new species to work with. It presents a new challenge. We have recently become the first UK aquarium, to culture the Black Sea Nettle which is a great achievement as every advancement allows us to learn more about their biology and identify species specific requirements for aquarium husbandry”.

For more information please contact Suzy Rowe, Marketing and Curatorial Coordinator, at The Deep on or 01482 381057


Notes to Editor:

Jellyfish historically displayed at The Deep:
• Moon Jellyfish
• White Spot Jellyfish
• Upside Down Jellyfish
• Japanese Sea Nettle
• Atlantic Sea Nettle

Jellyfish Polyps currently behind the scenes at The Deep:
• Moon Jellyfish
• White Spot Jellyfish
• Japanese Sea Nettle
• Purple Striped Sea Nettle
• Black Sea Nettle
• Pacific Sea Nettle
• Amakusa Jellyfish
• Blue Fire Jellyfish
• Umbrella Jellyfish
• Fried Egg Jellyfish
• Compass Jellyfish

Becky Leach
Marketing Manager
The Deep
Tower Street
Tel: 01482 381092