Jellyfish scientists from around the world took part in an NCEAS-sponsored outreach event to inform and educate the general public about jellies and jellyfish blooms, the good and the bad aspects of jellies, and their importance to both coastal communities such as Santa Barbara and to ocean ecosystems around the world. Called Jellyfish ROCK: Reaching Out to the Community & Kids, the event generated a lot of enthusiasm from community members eager to learn about the diversity and beauty of jellies! More than 170 attendees converged at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for the interactive evening of videos, presentations from international jellyfish experts, live jellyfish, and exhibition of children’s artwork from around the world. The event was a BIG success for all involved, and NCEAS is certainly proud to have sponsored both Jellyfish ROCK and the NCEAS jellyfish working group that inspired it!
The Aquarium of the Pacific organized an international children's art contest in conjunction with Jellyfish ROCK. The contest inspired more than 550 jellyfish drawings, paintings and three-dimensional artwork from 14 countries and 4 U.S. states! Many of the pieces were displayed at the museum during the event. Winning entries came from Japan, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S.
Jellyfish ROCK was such a great success for NCEAS thanks to host Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, art contest organizer Aquarium of the Pacific, and Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS), which directed the program development and delivery. Other significant contributions came from master of ceremonies Michael Todd of Miller-McCune, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, Blue Ocean Productions, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), and NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
Videos of the event are available on You Tube:
- Jellyfish video by Blue Ocean Productions
- Part 1: Welcome & introduction
- Part 2: What is a jellyfish? by Dr. Cathy Lucas (University of Southampton)
- Part 3: The good, the bad & the beautiful - Dr. Kylie Pitt (Griffith University)
- Part 4: Are jellyfish increasing globally? - Dr. Rob Condon (Dauphin Island Sea Lab)
- Part 5: Inside the jellyfish scientist - Dr. Larry Madin (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
- Part 6: International Jellyfish Art Contest prizes - Emily Yam (Aquarium of the Pacific)
- Part 7a: Q&A part 1
- Part 7b: Q&A part 2