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Jellies in the Chesapeake - 3/24/15

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Many residents of the Chesapeake Bay region have felt the sting of a sea nettle at least once in their life—sometimes an unfortunate consequence of the activities we enjoy on our waterways.

While the pain may be enough to elicit a sharp word or two, these creatures—and other jellyfish species pulsating through the Bay—aren’t out to get us, and in fact are a critical part of the Bay’s ecosystem. National Aquarium General Curator Jack Cover has joined us today to tell us more about the jellies that inhabit the Bay.

As chief executive officer, John Racanelli leads a team of 600 full and part-time employees and 1,000 volunteers in pursuing the National Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. More than 1.5 million people annually visit the Aquarium’s venue in Baltimore, Maryland, while millions more are touched by the Aquarium’s education programs, outreach activities, social media campaigns and conservation initiatives.