The JelliesZone was established by Dave Wrobel (firstname.lastname@example.org) to showcase the incredible diversity of gelatinous zooplankton that visit waters of the U.S. West Coast. Most people haven’t a clue as to what a jellyfish really is. The hope is that information and photographs presented here will help to reveal some of the amazing aspects of their mysterious lives. Dave has photographed and studied gelatinous zooplankton in the Monterey area of central California for many years. He previously managed the display and culture of jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and research and development for new displays of jellies. If you like gelatinous zooplankton, Monterey Bay and surrounding areas are among the best in the world for viewing these delicate creatures. For those of you who can’t venture out to sea, consider a visit to a public aquarium that displays jellies, where you can observe these fascinating creatures without risk of sea sickness.
Dave has departed the California scene and now resides in southern New Hampshire. He formerly was employed at the New England Aquarium as a jellyfish specialist, contributing to a jellies exhibit that opened in 2004. Currently he is a data analyst at Harvard Medical School. It may take a while to get going, but Dave plans on exploring the coasts of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts to learn about and photograph the gelatinous fauna on the other side of the continent.
The JelliesZone is only a start toward your understanding of the lives of jellies. For a more detailed look at West Coast species, check out Pacific Coast Pelagic Invertebrates, a collaboration between Dave Wrobel and Claudia Mills, a gelatinous zooplankton researcher at Friday Harbor Laboratories in Washington state. This guidebook, published by Sea Challengers and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, is the first to provide comprehensive information on just about any gelatinous animal you are likely to encounter in Pacific coastal waters of the United States. Originally published in 1998, we have made some corrections and changes with a second printing in 2003. Unfortunately, it’s no longer in print and is not available from the publisher, but it’s possible to purchase copies at Amazon and other online book sources.
Watch as the JelliesZone grows and adds more information. With the material presented here, and links to additional sources of information, the JelliesZone is your window to the wonderful world of gelatinous creatures. Although focusing on West Coast gelatinous animals, the hope is to expand coverage in the JelliesZone to species throughout the world’s oceans.