'Beautiful Sea Goddess'
So fragile it easily falls apart, the spotted comb jelly—Leucothea pulchra (Latin for "beautiful sea goddess")—has been described as barely organized water. The ephemeral ctenaphore could also be compared to another fleeting form of water—the rainbow—because as it moves, rows of cilia diffract the light and produce a beautiful, shimmering effect.
You can see this spectacular species on display at the Aquarium, thanks to our innovative aquarists who cracked the code to raising comb jellies. It took years to figure out their complex life cycle, but we think it's well worth the wait.