The Creation of the World’s First Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

An experiment done partly in jest produces intriguing data:

The Creation of the World’s First Peanut Butter and Jellyfish,” P. Zelda Montoya and Barrett L. Christie, Drum and Croaker, vol. 45, January 2014, pp. 14-18. The authors, at the The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, report:

“The use of novel feed items in culturing aquatic or marine animals has always been desirable for a variety of reasons…. That having been said, we would love to claim we conducted this trial with noble purpose, but the truth is that we just wanted to make peanut butter and jellyfish simply to see if it could be done…. We herein report on what we believe to be the first known unholy amalgamation of America’s favorite lunchtime treat and live cnidarians. The success of our trial group of Aurelia on this experimental diet was surprising, and we hope this ridiculous experiment illustrates that unconventional approaches in husbandry are at the very least, worth trying once.”


Deep Sea News discusses the paper. (Thanks to investigator Carin Bondar for bringing this to our attention.)

BONUS: How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (1) with your hands, and (2, below) with your feet:

BONUS (unrelated): The Effects of Peanut Butter on the Rotation of the Earth

  • Dr. DNA

    I love It!
    These people deserve to be nominated for an Iggy!
    The two burning questions that we need answers to are “How do they taste on Bread?”
    and even more importantly,
    “Does SpongebobSquarepants know about this, and if so, what is this going to do to the ecology of Jellyfish Fields in Bikini Bottom?”