Light My Future: Why Jellyfishes are such Cool Creatures

I’ll admit it. I’ve never been to a public aquarium (well, maybe when I was a kid, but that was so long ago). Still, I really would want to go to one, especially after watching the Japanese flick, Bright Future (Kiyoshi Kurosawa). The movie, which stars Jo Odagiri and Tadanobu Asano (two famous Japanese actors known for their acting skills and looks), features a certain surprise. Though I won’t spoil the story for you, the film is known for highlighting jellyfish appreciation in Japan.

And, yes – it took a single movie for me to love jellyfishes (and my desire on visiting an aquarium housing them). These strange creatures, featureless and unappealing for some, creates such an image for me that I can actually stare at them the whole day long. But what makes these creatures such a hit for me? Let me tell you just that:

Dream-like
They’re dream-like, ethereal beings. Jellyfishes are composed of water (more than 95%). They also have no brain, heart, and bones. And they’re still alive. This is what makes me want to know more about them – they’re the closest thing we have to aliens living in Earth! And just how they swim – it’s crazy and cool combined, since they just basically drift onto where the current takes them.

Luminous
Some species of jellyfishes produce a luminous glow. I actually like to think of them as living lava lamps. It’s a psychedelic delight, seeing these creatures drift and float across large bodies of water. Deep sea species of jellyfishes (those that live in the deepest and darkest rifts of oceans) produce a small yet powerful source of light. It’s spooky, if you think about it, but how they emit these beams create a mesmerizing and hypnotizing facade for their kind.

Peculiarly Beautiful (Alien-like, solitude, lethal – just like that girl in the bar)
I’d like to think of jellyfishes as a mysterious girl, drinking a dry martini in the bar. You know, that girl – the strange, quiet one, keeping an air of mystery yet drawing attraction to herself. She’s lethal, with a sting that can kill you. And yes, jellyfish stings are fatal – bother them, then you’re in a world of pain.

Until I can actually get into an aquarium, I’ll probably just fulfill my jellyfish dreams on-line. Oh, the irony – me writing about jellyfishes, yet I haven’t been to an aquarium featuring them. Yet that won’t stop me from promoting them. After all, they’re like “that girl” – and I’ll be sure to win her over, one way or another.