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Tue Jul 1, 2014, 11:54 AM

What You Need to Know About the Coming Jellyfish Apocalypse

Source: Mother Jones


Millions of golden jellyfish (Mastigias papua etpisonii) swim inside an isolated marine lake in Palau.
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More than 50 million Americans swim in the oceans every year (there are actual government surveys of such things). So if your summer plans involves stripping down and bathing in the sun and salt water of your dreams, read on, intrepid beach-goer. There's something gooey and stingy that's loving warm waters every bit as much as you are (maybe even more), turning those dreams...to nightmares: jellyfish.

Are there more jellyfish now than ever before?

In some places, yes. One recent University of British Columbia study concluded that "jellyfish populations appear to be increasing in the majority of the world's coastal ecosystems and seas," and blamed human activity for these blooms. The areas most affected are the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, says Lucas Brotz, a PhD student and jellyfish expert at University of British Columbia's Fisheries Center, and co-author of the report.

Last October, a swarm of jellyfish plugged cooling pipes for one of the world's largest nuclear reactors.

The influx of jellyfish can cause big problems. In October last year, a gelatinous swarm plugged cooling pipes for one of the world's largest nuclear reactors, on the Baltic coast in Sweden, shutting it down. A swarm hobbled a coal-fired power plant near Hadera on the Israeli coast in 2011. Millions of bulging, translucent creatures descended on popular Mediterranean beaches in April 2013, freaking out the tourists. Jellyfish expert Lisa-ann Gershwin writes in her 2013 book Stung! that jellyfish caused the collapse of the $350 million Black Sea fishing industry in the 1990s. In 2007, a plague wiped out a salmon farm off Northern Ireland.

Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/06/watch-out-summer-swimmers-here-come-jellyfish

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Reply What You Need to Know About the Coming Jellyfish Apocalypse (Original post)
abakan Jul 2014 OP
FSogol Jul 2014 #1
abakan Jul 2014 #2
pinboy3niner Jul 2014 #3
DetlefK Jul 2014 #8
aikoaiko Jul 2014 #4
malaise Jul 2014 #5
abakan Jul 2014 #7
Javaman Jul 2014 #6
A HERETIC I AM Jul 2014 #9
pinboy3niner Jul 2014 #10
glinda Jul 2014 #11
bemildred Jul 2014 #12
FSogol Jul 2014 #13
bemildred Jul 2014 #14
FSogol Jul 2014 #15
bemildred Jul 2014 #16
FSogol Jul 2014 #17
bemildred Jul 2014 #18
abakan Jul 2014 #20
Bosonic Jul 2014 #19

Response to abakan (Original post)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 11:56 AM

1. Jellyfish: Coming soon to a menu near you!

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Response to FSogol (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 11:57 AM

2. yuck! nt.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 11:58 AM

3. Jellyfishnado coming sooner to SyFy

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Response to FSogol (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:15 PM

8. How jellyfish is prepared:

Some years ago I saw a documentary about that. AFAIR the jellyfish is put into brine where the cells lose water. The jellyfish solidifies and shrinks from spherical to a disc-shape. The prepared jellyfish in the documentary was a grey, firm disc with 2-3 inches diameter and ~0.2 inches thickness.
The guy responsible for preparing them tested them with a tender bite-test on a disc, whether the jellyfish has achieved the desired level of crunchiness.

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Response to abakan (Original post)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 11:59 AM

4. I'm looking forward to the SciFi movies coming out

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Response to abakan (Original post)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:01 PM

5. Have you seen this?

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2014/jun/27/giant-jellyfish-spotted-cornwall-estuary-video
A giant barrel jellyfish is seen swimming in an estuary near St Mawes in Cornwall. Marine awareness officer Matt Slater and his dog swim around the jellyfish to capture this footage of the 'gentle giant'. The jellyfish is said to weigh as much as 20kg and measure around one metre in diameter

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:09 PM

7. Now that's a jellyfish!

Thanks, malaise.

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Response to abakan (Original post)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:02 PM

6. Peanut butter and jellyfish. nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:17 PM

9. Peanut Butter and Kentucky Jellyfish.

That's PB & KYJF

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:23 PM

10. Nothing but nettle!

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Response to abakan (Original post)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:27 PM

11. Harvest them instead of whales, seals, wolves, etc.....

Am sure there is a profit somewhere. They should do that for Asian Carp and a few other invasive species as well.

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Response to abakan (Original post)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:33 PM

12. Rising temperatures and lack of predation. nt

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Response to bemildred (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:47 PM

13. The simple solution? Obama should ban fishing for jellyfish.

They'd be cleaned out of the ocean in months.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:57 PM

14. Jellyfish powder, a health miracle.

That should do it.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #14)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 01:00 PM

15. Good one. Jellyfish power reserves aging! Creates thigh gap! Burns calories faster than greek yogurt

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Response to FSogol (Reply #15)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 01:01 PM

16. Jellyfish make your dick hard. nt

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Response to bemildred (Reply #16)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 01:05 PM

17. Cue up two bathtubs on the beach!

If you have a jellyfish sting erection lasting more than 4 hours please call your doctor, since a serious....

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Response to FSogol (Reply #17)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 02:05 PM

18. And you know some guy will sting his dick with a jellyfish to see if it makes it hard.

This is why I'm careful what I say on the internet, you can give people ideas.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #18)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 03:57 PM

20. You know it's true...

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Response to abakan (Original post)

Tue Jul 1, 2014, 02:10 PM

19. Jellyfish

<clears throat>

I don't like jellyfish, they’re not a fish, they're just a blob.
They don’t have eyes, fins or scales like a cod.
They float about blind, stinging people in the seas,
And no one eats jellyfish with chips and mushy peas.
Get rid of 'em!

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