Gardaland Sea Life Press Release:
Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium has recently inaugurated a multisensorial interactive room called “MEDUSE DA VICINO” (JELLYFISH FROM UPCLOSE): an exclusive space dedicated to one of the most fascinating species present in nature.
Exceptional column shaped tanks host different types of jellyfish hailing from every corner of the world and fluctuating among evocative colourful lights like in a marvellous live artwork. Here you will have a chance to admire from extremely up close their unlimited colour gradations, their graceful floating and their elegant lightness in a hypnotising spectacle that, under a completely different light, unveils the mystery of the lifecycle of these extraordinary marine creatures, often known only for their stinging power and not for their incredible complexity which characterises them.
Surely not many people know that jellyfish are born in the shape of minuscule polyps, morphing from the youth state of ephyrae into their typical bell shape. This is only one of the infinite characteristics that Guests of Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium will be able to learn about said unusual animals, thanks to the numerous informative panels and the constant presence of the staff of the Aquarium that will be able to answer all questions arising on the subject.
The Guests will be marvelled by the unusual colours and types of jellyfish that will be protagonists of season 2011 of the Aquarium, but they also won’t fail to be surprised by the numerous and interesting information on the nature and the lifestyle of these unusual animals who have neither a heart, nor a brain, nor a skeleton.
You can bet that the Jelly Blubber (Catostylus mosaicus) – so called because of the aspect of their tentacles, that look like a patchwork – will definitely be a hot topic for discussion! These particular jellyfish live in coastal waters, in particular at the mouth of rivers, of the Indian Ocean and of the Western Pacific Ocean, between Pakistan and Australia. They assume different colours depending on the seaweed living inside their bodies. Guests of Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium will be able to admire them in the blue and white varieties.
The Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) will be every bit as popular: its particularity is its complete transparency and in the Italian language (Medusa quadrifoglio) it is named after its particular gonads positioned on the top of its umbrella reproducing a picture the shape of a four-leaf clover. It lives along the English coasts, in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Oceans while its measures range between 4 and 35 cm.
Decisively unusual is also the Spotted Jelly (Mastigias papua), whose exotic scientific name is in reference to its origins, in the South Pacific Ocean. It is characterised by a transparent umbrella, inside which brown seaweed with blue shades live; an unusual covering of curious white bubbles completes the charm of this marvellous specimen. It lives off small plankton and it can reach 14-16 cm of diameter.
Last but not least in terms of attractiveness is the Japanese Sea Nettle (Chrysaora melanaster) that, with its hat featuring a radial picture, looks like a wind rose. It boasts thin and very long tentacles moving sinuously like in a sweet dance; it comes from the open waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean and it can be up to 60 cm long.
A visit to Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium is a journey on a quest to discover the most beautiful creatures populating the fresh and sea waters of the entire planet. With over 37 completely themed tanks, over 5 thousand specimens to be admired from close distance, a breathtaking underwater tunnel which gives you the feeling of “travelling through” the Ocean, Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium is an experience suitable for both adults and children.
In a succession of themed environments, perfectly reconstructing different natural habitats, you will admire several animal species, from the better known to the most unusual and exotic ones where you’ll be able to experience incredibly close encounters with creatures of all kinds, from sharks to seahorses, from rays to sea stars. Furthermore at Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium you can watch interesting videos about the marine world, discovering all its secrets but also supporting the safeguarding campaigns in favour of oceans or particular endangered species.
Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium is open all year long with a 10 AM – 6 PM opening time. Standard tickets are € 15, reduced ones cost € 9,50 (children below 10 years of age, army men, senior citizens aged above 60 and accompaniers of non self-sufficient differently abled people). Special fares are available for families, with convenient tickets depending on the composition of the family. The fantastic promotion continues, grants you entry for 10 Euro by downloading from the website a special voucher. To find out all the details about Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium: www.sealife-gardaland.it
Source: Gardaland Sea Life Press Office