16 Feb 2023

Jellyfishing 101: XXRAY PLUS SpongeBob SquarePants by Jason Freeny

Take a trip to Bikini Bottom’s renowned Jellyfish Fields, home of the Jellyfish. We’ve got SpongeBob SquarePants and Gary joining you in Jason Freeny’s signature dissected treatment!

Armed with a jellyfishing net, the loveable sponge can't wait to catch some jellyfish with you! Before you head off on the adventure, we’ve pulled together a field guide to get you up to speed.

Step 1: Preparing for the sport

There are two important things you need to consider before you actually start Jellyfishing: Location and equipment. Location-wise, the most popular location is the Jellyfish Fields, located on the outskirts of downtown Bikini Bottom. Vast and filled with plenty of jellyfish (over 4 million reside here), this area is perfect for the sport.

In terms of equipment, you need to get a net, a glass jar, and glasses (or goggles) for safety. There are tons of options for jellyfish nets—ranging from the average bamboo net to the Deluxe Jelly Slayer Composite Pro!

Pro Tip #1: Special events

There are many jellyfishing events where you can meet and exchange experiences with other jellyfishers.

Here are two popular ones to look out for:
The Annual Jellyfish Migration: A popular season for jellyfishers where every species of jellyfish come to the Jellyfish Fields.
The Biannual Jellyfish Convention: A convention for jellyfishers with activities and talks from top jellyfishers.

Step 2: Start jellyfishing!

You’re now ready to catch some jellyfish! The process is simple; grab your nets, head to the fields, and start swinging to catch. Don’t worry if you have trouble catching them on the first try, you’ll get better as you practice. Once you get better, you can try catching multiple jellyfish in a single swing.

Be careful, jellyfish can and will sting you if you ever touch their stingers! Depending on the species, the location of stingers and the severity of the sting will differ. This is why wearing a pair of glasses or goggles is highly recommended—stay safe jellyfishers!

Pro Tip #2: Know your jellyfish

Jellyfish come in all shapes and sizes! Memorize these species to make full use of your jellyfish sessions, especially if you’re a beginner.

Pink Jellyfish: The most common type of jellyfish. Highly recommended for beginners.
Blue Jellyfish: Anatomically similar to the pink jellyfish, these differently colored species are rarer than their pink counterparts.
Speckled Squirter: A pink jellyfish with extra jelly squirters. Be careful of its hidden stingers in its back.
Big Lenny: Dark red with openings that resemble eyes and a mouth. Its sting can kill—stay away at all costs.
Jellyfish King: Purple, with a crown and cape, loves pie. Able to converse in English. Very powerful stingers. Not recommended for beginners.

Step 3: Enjoy your jelly

After capturing the jellyfish, place them in your jars. At the end of the day, release them and enjoy your jar full of jelly. Jellyfish jelly is edible and is commonly used as a sandwich spread together with your favorite Sea-Nut Butter.

The color of the jelly corresponds with the color of the jellyfish—each will have a different taste profile. Exploring the varieties is part of the fun so go out and enjoy yourself!

Pro Tip #3: Don’t bring jellyfish home

Prominent jellyfishers heavily discourage bringing jellyfish back home to keep as pets—they are wild animals and should not be domesticated. They love wild parties and the loud music won’t stop for hours. Say goodbye to your sleep! They are stubborn and aggressive as well; if you do something they don’t like, be prepared to be stung.

Now go out and have some fun! We’ve got the perfect companions for you: prominent Jellyfisher SpongeBob SquarePants and his pet snail, Gary.

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