What’s the difference between “jelly” and “jellyfish”? A lot and a little at the same time.

Here’s the breakdown:

Jellyfishes are gelatinous marine animals that have an umbrella shape and stinging tentacles. Jellies are also gelatinous marine animals, but they don’t have to have an umbrella shape or stinging tentacles.


So the key takeaway is that all jellyfishes are jellies, but not all jellies are jellyfishes. Get it?

Learn more during Jelly Invasion, a special Vancouver Aquarium exhibit on now until November 12, 2013.

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