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Seajelly

 

The world is starting to see a significant change in the ocean. Temperatures are rising, the ocean is becoming more acidic and many fish are finding that their habitats are out of balance. One thing that has already been noted is that jellyfish or seajellies are being seen in much greater numbers.

A seajelly is an amazing and ancient animal that is almost all made up of water surrounded by a thin skin. Their body is shaped like a bell. They have stinging cells to catch food and discourage predators. However they don't have a brain or a mouth or many of the things most other animals have.

They are also very beautiful in their own way, as are their cousins, the corals and sea anemones.

 

seajelly cont.

 

You will need:

  • Craft glue & brush & glass of water to rinse
  • Plastic bag about grocery store size
  • A sprinkle of glitter
  • Some good sharp scissors
  • A round or domed shape for the bell of the seajelly

 

Seajelly cont.

 

What to do:

  • Place the plastic bag over the plastic shape (about in the middle of the bag) with the opening side and handles down.
  • Paint white glue over the part of the bag that is on top of the plastic shape but not down the rest of the plastic bag
  • In just the area of the bell, sprinkle on glitter (plain or in shapes)
  • Let dry
  • Carefully peel the plastic bag off of the plastic dome
  • Paint the plastic dome with craft glue and place the glittered section (inside out) over the dome again so that glitter is underneath the plastic bag
  • Let dry
  • Cut the plastic bag off about 10-30 cm below the bell and start cutting long thin strips that will become the thin tentacles (they don't have to be even lengths)
  • Very carefully gather the tentacles and gently twist together and secure carefully with a lacquer band trying not to break the tentacles
  • Let dry

You can hang your seajelly or mount on a skewer or even turn it upside down as you might find it if it had washed up on the beach. (Some jellies even lie upside down on the sea bottom to feed)

 

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