Marine critters are fascinating to say the least, and this is clearly the case with the white spotted jellyfish, recently spotted at the Steinhart Aquarium of the California Academy of Sciences. The Australian jellyfish, as it is alternatively called, also responds to the pompous scientific name of Phyllorhiza punctate. They’re native to the Western Pacific Ocean, but can also be spotted in North America, where they’re considered an invasive species, coming in in flocks and herds, to scavenge and attack the habitat of other animals. Dangerous in their own right, there is still something heart-wrenching about their fluid shapes, dancing in the waters of captivity at the California Academy of Sciences.
The Steinhart Aquarium is a hidden gem of sorts—the kind of place you casually and accidentally read about once, only to wish you could visit one day. It is home to no fewer than 38,000 animals the world over, some 900 distinct species and many endangered or otherwise rare critters. It’s the place where you can see African penguins, sharks, stingrays, piranhas and explore the beauty and diversity of the marine environment, in safe, scientific, state-of-the-art technology conditions. The aquarium frequently features lectures open to the great public, which are not to be missed, should you find yourself in the Golden Gate Park of San Francisco.