A Roll Full of Jellies

Moon Jellies

The Moon Jellyfish exhibit at the Oregon Coast Aquarium occupies an acrylic cylinder eight feet in diameter. Jellies are thought to have undulated their way across ancient seas over 500 million years ago. Photo © Jane Alynn

While in Newport, we visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium. It still amazes me that I, a Portland native who spent a lot of time on the coast, had never been to this aquarium before. The exhibits were extraordinary. The sea creatures, their shapes and colors, the way they moved and negotiated their underwater environments, were spellbinding. I was equally taken with the children who were viewing and interacting with these creatures in their world. The curiosity, attention, and wonder of these children was a good reminder for the way we need to be in the world at large.

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