Moon Jellyfish Aurelia Aurita Peers Flier Critique


Its about the Moon Jellyfish, Aurelia aurita
(I will attach the flier later)


Write a critique of your peer’s flier.

Your critique should be at least 300 words, which is about 1 page, double-spaced. 
Your critique will be shared with the students in your group, including the one being critiqued.
You can write the critique directly into the textbox or upload it as a file.

Make sure to list your peer’s name and their marine animal at the top of your critique

What to look for in a critique:

Did the student follow the directions?

include the common and scientific names of their animal?
Did they list at least 3 resources?

did they cite their resources through the flier?

Is the flier 2 pages?
Did they include at least one form of data as either a graph or table?

Is the flier well put together?

easy to read?
are there spelling or grammar errors?
is it concise?
is it aesthetically appealing?

Is this flier ready to be put out publically?

If not, what needs to be changed?

Did you find their flier interesting?

why or why not?

Anything you would want to add or think should be removed?

here is a flier and the summary of the flier had been written: Gray Whale/Eschrichtius robustusThe student included both names for the animal and also included every question that was asked. They also had more than three sources all cited at the end and also mostly cited throughout. The sections of “Nekton, Plankton, or Benthos?” and “What Would Happen if Your Creature Went Extinct?” is missing the citations at the end. I think it would be beneficial to add them just to make sure that there is no chance of plagiarizing. The flier is two pages and has more than one picture of data. I liked the different types of pictures including different types of data. It was very helpful in understanding more about the students’ chosen creature. The flier is very well put together and organized nicely. It is easy to read and there does not seem to be any grammar or spelling errors. One thing that I would maybe recommend to change is to move the title a little bit over so it is not in front of the dots in the background just so it is a bit easier to read, but it is still readable. I like the colors chosen for the flier and it is all very concise. The flier is fun, interesting and it draws my attention. There are a good amount of pictures to show the creature and they are placed nicely. I think after maybe changing the placement of the creature’s name at the top and the citation missing at the end of the two topics, I think this flier is ready to be published. Their flier was very interesting, the facts were interesting to read and the background colors/ design drew me in to be interested. I do not think anything needs to be added or removed. The flier looks great and they did a great job on it! I can tell a lot of effort and work was put into this flier!

Aurelia aurita
“The Moon jelly is one of
the most common jellyfish
among others. It can be
found in almost all
shallow marine and
coastal regions. The Moon
jellyfish are not very good
swimmers because of
their short tentacles and,
therefore, are sometimes
found washed up on the
shorelines.” (Aurelia
“Moon jellies generally only
live for a year or two, but
polyps can live, feeding and
producing genetic clones for
up to 25 years!” (Sea
Wonder: Moon Jelly). Polyps
are the result of larvae
landing on fixed features,
including the ocean floor, to
become a home base for
baby jellies.
“Though the moon jelly
lives throughout the
epipelagic zone, it is most
commonly found near the
coast and in upwelling areas,
where its prey occurs in
higher concentrations. This
species is not a very strong
swimmer, so they are often
found on beaches after
strong storms or tides that
push them onshore.” (Moon
“It not only regenerates
like Deadpool, it ages
backward like Benjamin
Button and forms hordes
of clones like Jamie
Madrox the Multiple Man.”
While not in any danger,
moon jellies are actually
thriving because of the
damage humans are
causing to ocean
environments. (See
Extinction for more).
FOOD WEB: “They have
very little nutritional value so the
predators that specialize on them
must eat hundreds and hundreds
of these jellies in order to
maintain their required energy
levels.” (Moon Jelly).
Where does it live in the water column? Euphoritic, disphotoic, or
aphotic zone? Water temperature? Where does it live relative to
land? Neritic or pelagic zone? “The Moon Jelly does not like to
live in freezing cold waters, avoiding the Arctic Ocean, but are
widely distributed because they can survive in waters varying
from zero to thirty-one degrees Celsius. The comfortable range
for these jellies are from eight to nineteen degrees
Celsius.”(Aurelia Aurita). With this information, it is safe to
assume the moon jelly typically stays in the euphotic zone.
“Though the moon jelly lives throughout the epipelagic zone, it is
most commonly found near the coast and in upwelling areas,
where its prey occurs in higher concentrations. This species is not
a very strong swimmer, so they are often found on beaches after
strong storms or tides that push them onshore.” (Moon Jelly).
This food web came from
(Science Learning Packet
Grade 7: Populations &
Resources, Lesson 6).
Are they a nekton, plankton, or benthos? Actually, they’d be
both plankton and nekton! “Organisms such as jellyfish and
others are considered plankton when they are very small and
swim at low Reynolds numbers, and considered nekton as they
grow large enough to swim at high Reynolds numbers.”
Is extinction a possibility? “Moon jellies are not threatened or
endangered but can serve as an indicator of marine ecosystems
out of balance. Unlike other larger species (especially moon jelly
predators), they can survive and thrive in otherwise
uninhabitable waters. This means that as ocean health declines,
moon jelly populations can actually increase. This is true in
environments and ecosystems that experience human-induced
phenomenon like overfishing, ocean warming, ocean
acidification, and pollution.” (Sea Wonder: Moon Jelly).
“Aurelia Aurita.” UWL Website,
Berwald, Juli. “Like ‘Deadpool,’ This Jellyfish Has Amazing Superpowers.” Animals,
National Geographic, 4 May 2021,
“Moon Jelly.” Oceana,
“Nekton.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 1 Oct. 2021,
“Science Learning Packet Grade 7: Populations & Resources, Lesson 6.” View Population and Growth, Seattle Public School,
23AD, ;
“Sea Wonder: Moon Jelly.” National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, 13 Jan. 2020,
Gray Whale
(Eschrichtius robustus)
Gray whales prefer to live
in the coastal waters that
are approximately 100
meters depth. Eastern
Pacific whales move from
Arctic feeding areas to
Mexican waters every year
Where they live?
to mate, while western
Does it use ocean
Pacific whales move along
circulation to move?
The two distinct
the east coast of Russia
geographic distributions
(Swartz, 2018).
No. Whales propel themselves
that Gray whales live in
How long does it live?
forward by swinging their tails
North Pacific Ocean
include: the Eastern
North Pacific and
Western North Pacific
region (Swartz, 2018).
Gray whales have a lifespan
of 40 to 60 years, with some
reaching 70 years (Cooke et
al., 2018).
up and down, rather than side
to side, as most fish do. They
steer by moving their flippers in
the same way that an airplane
does (NOAA, n.d).
Is it a nekton, plankton, or
Gray whale is nekton because can actively
and independently swim against the
Where does it live relative
to land?
Where does it live in the water column?
Hourglass dolphins live in the
neritic zone (Aleyev, 2012).
Do humans affect this creature?
Yes. This year, more dead gray whales
reportedly piled up on West Coast
beaches owing to climate change driven
by humans. It’s devastating that these
creatures perish as a result of humans
Gray whales live in the Euphoritic zone of the ocean.
failing to prevent global warming, as well
The Euphotic zone is distinguished for its varied
marine life. Thus, gray whales live in this region due to
its exposure to sunshine. The direct sunshine prompts
photosynthesis to take place thus providing various
opportunities for survival, growth, and reproduction
as habitat modification or degradation
resulting from offshore gas and oil
development, and infrastructure
construction activities (NOAA, n.d).
(Swartz, 2018).
Water Temperature
Survival Skills
Water temperature for gray whales’
Gray whales have a large blubber layer beneath
range between15℃ and 20℃ (50 to
their skin that helps them float. Thus, blubber
68o F) (Jones et al., 2012).
reserves food energy thus helping them survive
Where it
fits in the
food web
What it eats

when they run out of food (Swartz, 2018).
What eats it
Crab larvae
What would happen if
your creature went
Gray whales have been extinct
since 1950s. though its evident
that a number of them have

Is climate change a threat to Gray
Scientists believe that climate change results in
loss of sea ice which alters the Arctic environment
and diminishes the population of species that gray
whales eat thus starving them to death (NOAA,
Aleyev, Y. G. (2012). Nekton. Springer Science & Business Media.
Cooke, J. G., Taylor, B. L., Reeves, R. R., & Brownell Jr, R. (2018).
Eschrichtius robustus western subpopulation. The IUCN
Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e. T8099A50345475.
Jones, M. L., Swartz, S. L., & Leatherwood, S. (Eds.). (2012). The
gray whale: Eschrichtius robustus. Academic Press.
NOAA, (n.d). Gray Whales. NOAA Fisheries.
Swartz, S. L. (2018). Gray whale: Eschrichtius robustus. In

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