How to Live Forever? Be a Jellyfish

The turritopsis dohrnii, or immortal jellyfish, are tiny, with adults measuring only 0.18 inches tall and wide. The narrator of this short video explores the immortal jellyfish and the importance of their unique and amazing lives. These jellyfish, when stressed in their environment, can revert back to a cyst (early in its life cycle) through a process called transdifferentiation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include in a unit on animal adaptations
  • Discuss how this type of a life cycle would affect ecosystems if other organisms possessed this ability to change back to a younger version
Classroom Considerations

  • Video is less than five minutes so it could be included anywhere in a lesson
Pros

  • Fascinating idea of an immortal organism
  • You can show subtitles in English or Arabic
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS