UPDATE: Some of the jellyfish will stay at the Tennessee Aquarium even though "The Jellies: Living Art" exhibit was dismantled.

Officials moved some of the jellyfish to a different part of the aquarium, shipped some of them to different aquariums and lent the rest of the jellies to local classrooms.

The exhibit was only meant to be temporary when it went up in 2009 but remained a part of the aquarium because of its popularity.

Aquarium officials say an exhibit called "Island life" will replace the jellyfish.

"It's going to pose the question of 'what is an island?' So it may not be the traditional sandy beach and palm tree that everyone thinks of with an island, but kind of give you different ideas of what an island is," Sharyl Crossley, with the Tennessee Aquarium explained.

The new gallery will be open by next May.

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"The Jellies: Living Art" exhibit will close to the public after the weekend and construction will begin on a new exhibit scheduled to open March 14, 2019.

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