Let’s be real: Jellyfish might be cool behind thick glass at the aquarium, but you don’t exactly want to encounter one under the water or when you’re at the beach. Are jellyfish going to sting you? (Possibly, but not on purpose.) Which part is dangerous, and is it safe to poke the rest of it? They’re a bit of an enigma to the average ocean swimmer. We actually know quite a bit about them, though. In fact, scientists are so fascinated with jellyfish that they’ve taken them in space shuttles to see how antigravity might affect these invertebrates and what their reaction could teach us about our bodies in outer space. Pretty cool, right? Maybe jellyfish should be your favorite animal after all! If you’re curious to learn more about these weird-looking sea creatures, we’ve got you covered. Our 10 cute printable jellyfish coloring pages are perfect for sharing with your kiddos.
We’ve included some interesting facts about jellyfish, too. And not only will your kiddo pick up some fascinating jellyfish info, but they will also gain some necessary school-readiness skills — think perfecting their pencil-holding, learning self-regulation, and sharpening focus. See? Coloring isn’t just a ton of fun, it’s also educational. When you finish enriching your child’s brain with these jellyfish coloring pages, they can move on to our other ocean-creature coloring pages. We’ve got whale coloring pages, crab coloring pages, seahorse coloring pages, octopus coloring pages, dolphin coloring pages, shark coloring pages, and more.
Free Printable Jellyfish Coloring Pages
Jellyfish No. 1
A group of jellyfish is called a bloom, smack, or swarm. We’re partial to bloom because we think it perfectly captures the way a group of jellyfish swims together! Jellyfish are also older than dinosaurs. While most dinos date back to 500 million years ago, jellyfish were around more than 700 million years ago.
Jellyfish are the true historians of Earth, having survived five great extinction events, including the Great Dying, which took out nearly 70 percent of life on our planet. Sorry, Destiny’s Child, jellyfish are the original survivors.
Jellyfish No. 2
Of course, jellyfish don’t “swim” in the same way most sea creatures do. Jellyfish move through the water by pushing water from their mouths, which then propels them along. Did you know a box jellyfish has enough venom to kill more than 60 humans? Talk about cute but deadly!
Jellyfish No. 3
If you find yourself crossing paths with jellyfish and worry they’ll “attack,” take comfort in knowing that’s not how it works. Jellyfish lack brains, so it impossible for them to have any thoughts of attacking or even intentions to protect themselves. If you get stung by a jellyfish, it’s entirely accidental. Fun fact: A group of jellies is called a bloom or swarm. They’re also called a smack.
Jellyfish No. 4
The sting of a jellyfish comes from the nematocysts (or “stinging structures”) found on all jellyfish, typically among the long tentacles you see hanging from under their bell-shaped body. Depending on the jellyfish type, their sting could feel like a bad ant bite or could be extremely painful and require immediate medical attention.
Jellyfish No. 5
If we were to tell you that some jellyfish get large, you might think, Please! I saw some at the aquarium, and they’re not even that big. But the many species of jellyfish produce lots of different sizes. The smaller jellyfish look like nothing more than fizz on the water’s surface. The largest jellyfish is the lion’s mane jellyfish — its tentacles can grow more than 100 feet long. And the Nomura’s jellyfish is not only the heaviest but can also grow a bell so big that a diver looks like a snack when they’re side by side.
Jellyfish No. 6
We already established that jellyfish do not have brains. But did you know they don’t have hearts, either? Jellyfish are 98 percent water.
Jellyfish No. 7
They do, however, often have eyes. For example, the box jellyfish has 24 eyes, two of which can see in full color. Because of all those eyes, jellyfish researchers believe the box jellyfish might have 360-degree sight and can see all around them. This comes in handy in varied jellyfish habitats all over the world. These floating beauties exist in all different depths of water and temperatures, including the arctic.
Jellyfish No. 8
Ever heard the phrase, “Don’t poop where you eat?” Jellyfish literally do exactly that! They eat and poop from the same spot in their bodies. (Guess they didn’t hear the warning, eh?)
Jellyfish No. 9
But wait! These sea blobs are about to get even weirder. It turns out they’re one of the only animals that seem to thrive because of the climate crisis and human pollution. As the ocean’s PH levels rise, so does the number of jellyfish.
Jellyfish No. 10
One final tidbit? Jellyfish aren’t fish at all! Still, some scientists believe they might be the “perfect food.” Why? Not only are they sustainable (there are tons), but they’re also full of protein, which you need to survive.
Jellyfish No. 11
Jellyfish may seem like globs of jellyness, but some actually have teeth. It’s true! They may not be as razor-sharp as sharks, but beroid comb jellyfish have rows of teeth made of tiny hairs. They use these fibers to chow down on their prey.
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