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CityPASS Home  »  City Traveler Blog  »  Got Stress? Jellies to the Rescue – Shedd Aquarium’s moon jellies are a tranquil respite from everyday life’s hustle and bustle.

Got Stress? Jellies to the Rescue – Shedd Aquarium’s moon jellies are a tranquil respite from everyday life’s hustle and bustle.

Shedd Aquarium Jellyfish by Tom Rodman

My childhood dentist had a fish tank in his waiting room — I remember him telling my mother that watching fish was calming, which made the kids less anxious about facing needles, drills and mouth clamps. If I could go back in time, I’d let him know that A. his fish-tank tranquility trick never worked for me, and B. if he really wanted to relax his patients, he should have invested in a tank filled with graceful jellies.

A recent visit to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium reminded me that one of life’s most reliable, surefire, can’t-miss stress busters is a few minutes — or hours — spent gazing at lazily drifting, mesmerizingly beautiful jellies. They’re nature’s lava lamps sans the kitsch.

I love all of Shedd’s jellies, but the delicate moon jellies, with their luminescent bodies and trailing tentacles, are perfect examples of nature at its most elegant. As I watched them pulsing gently through the water, cares melted away … even the sounds of kids laughing and squealing over the aquarium’s other stellar attractions and exhibits retreated into the distance.

Sure, there are other ways to lower your blood pressure. But few are as much fun — or as budget friendly — as jellies. And jellies never judge, talk back or give unwanted advice. They just float, undulate, drift peacefully, and soothe the soul.

Luminescent Moon Jellies - Photo by Matt Marquez

 

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