We were recently featured in an article, "Calypso Kayaking Leaves a Legacy in the Lagoon".
Calypso Kayaking offers a Comb Jelly Bio Kayak Tour. These tours run at night (so you can see them glow), and are offered seasonally – generally December-March. As these jellyfish do prefer the cooler temps provided by this time of the year. These jellies do not sting, but they do. give off a bioluminescent green light. You will see them give off sparks of light with every paddle stroke!
These jellies don’t light up during the day so this is a night tour starting an hour after sunset, about 6:30pm and last for 1.5 hours. The cost is $35 per person, and reservations are required so book here on the web site or call to make a reservation.
Comb Jellyfish multiply during the winter months here in the Indian River Lagoon. Comb jellies are beautiful, oval-shaped animals with eight rows of tiny comblike plates that they beat to move themselves through the water. As they swim, the comb rows diffract light to produce a shimmering, rainbow effect.
A comb jelly is not actually a jellyfish at all -though both have a similar appearance. Interestingly, they are not even closely-linked relatives. Just like jellyfish however, the comb jelly is a very ancient animal. According to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the comb jelly is at least 500 million years old.
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