Episode 184: Do all Jellyfish have Stinging Snot?

Meet the Expert: Jennie Janssen, assistant curator at the National Aquarium and President and cofounder of MIAZS

Jennie Janssen

Jennie Janssen (she/her) is the President and Co-Founder of Minorities in Aquarium & Zoo Science (MIAZS), an Assistant Curator at National Aquarium, and a Research Associate at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Specializing in the care of both elasmobranchs and jellyfish for the past 20 years at various public aquaria, she is also passionate about husbandry professionals participating in research as both professional development and a means of communicating the discoveries and innovative advances that commonly arise from aquariums and zoos. A champion of collaboration, she leads the International Census of Chondrichthyans in Human Care, serves on the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Professional Development Committee, and is the co-creator of the Kraken Curriculum.




National Aquarium

The National Aquarium
    Habitat at the National Aquarium     



            Watch the Earth Cam of Jellyfish floating in REAL Time at the National Aquarium! 






Challenge:  Do some research to come up with 5 different jellyfish. Figure out which ones of them don’t sting. And also visit an aquarium or the ocean with your family to see and experience ocean life in person! 

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Ocean animals for kids book


Highlighted book for this episode! 


Book List: 

Whale vs. Giant Squid (Who Would Win?) by Jerry Pallotta and Rob Bolster

Obsessive About Octopuses (About Animals) by Owen Davey

Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster by Mary M. Cerullo


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