How to Draw a Jellyfish

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Jellyfish in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Jellyfish.

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How to Draw a Jellyfish - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a jellyfish! First draw a semi-circle and as you trace, make sure that it is leaning to the right. Here's a tip: trace the bottom of your semi-circle as though you are drawing waves. The body should almost look like an umbrella!

Step 2: Next draw the tentacles by simply tracing three curbed lines. They don't have to be perfect, in fact, the less orderly they are, the more real they look!

Step 3: Now, draw another three tentacles, scribbling as you go so that they're not perfect. Here's another tip: curb all six of the tentacles in the same direction. This way, the jellyfish looks like it's really swimming through water!

Step 4: Draw some spots for your jellyfish, but be careful! These spots are more like skinny ovals and are drawn out in squiggly lines.

Step 5: Last, trace out your three legs the same way you traced out the spots by making the lines long and squiggly. There's your jellyfish! Did you know that jellyfish have been around 400 million years longer than dinosaurs? They have also been around longer than sharks. However, the lifespan of a single jellyfish is less than a year, and some jellyfish only live just a few days.

Interesting Facts about Jellyfish

Jellyfish are known to sting other sea creatures, and even humans, with their tentacles. They live in all seven of the Earth’s oceans. Jellyfish are not fish because they do not have gills.

Did you know?

  • Jellyfish were on this planet about 400 million years before dinosaurs existed. Jellyfish have also been around longer than sharks.
  • The lifespan of jellyfish is less than a year. Some jellyfish only live for a few days.
  • A group of jellyfish is called a swarm or a smack.
  • Jellyfish are 95 percent water.
  • Jellyfish do not have bones, heads, hearts, or brains.
  • There are about 400 regions in the world’s oceans where only jellyfish can survive.
  • Jellyfish can be great swimmers. However, most of them just drift along with the current of the ocean.
  • Jellyfish eat small plants, fish eggs, and small fish. Some jellyfish eat other jellyfish.

The largest jellyfish can grow to become 8 feet in diameter. Its tentacles can grow to be as long as a football field. There is a species of jellyfish that is actually able to “age in reverse.” In other words, when they get old, they start to grow younger again.