JellyWorld – an ocean full of jellyfish in a world changed by people.

Join Iziko for a new exhibition, titled JellyWorld – an ocean full of jellyfish in a world changed by people and curated by Dr Wayne Florence, at the Iziko South African Museum – which opened on Friday, 19 March 2021..

Jellyfish blooms are becoming increasingly prevalent in the oceans of the world, and masses of jellyfish swarms are commonly observed in our own Benguela Large Marine Ecosystem – threatening our food security. Overfishing and pollution are primary drivers of jellyfish blooms, and we therefore indirectly threaten our own existence.

JellyWorld raises an appreciation and awareness around the role that jellyfish play in marine ecosystems and why they are important to society. The exhibition uses infographics, video, interactive touch screens, props and specimens – and is centred on the theme of interaction between humans and jellyfish. Look out for the jellyfish-filled water dispenser that tells the tale of a future-ocean dominated by jellyfish, enjoy the jellyfish cinema, and learn the horrific story of sea turtles and sunfishes feeding on plastic because it is indistinguishable from their food items. JellyWorld’s showstopper is a @low-cost@ 3-D hologram of a jellyfish – including instructions on how to make your own using a mobile phone, an old CD cover, and some sticky tape!

JellyWorld opens at the Iziko South African Museum on Friday, 19 March 2021 and runs until 30 November 2021.

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