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Jellyfish Are Taking Over One Bite At A Time


Environment  (tags: oceans, jellyfish, environment, over fishing, predator destruction, habitat, water, research, ecosystems, humans )

Carrie
- 322 days ago - nybooks.com
From the Arctic to the equator and on to the Antarctic, jellyfish plagues are on the increase. Even sober scientists are now talking of the jellification of the oceans.



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Natasha Salgado (511)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 5:24 pm
Love Jellies--but this article instills fear concerning all fish. ODD. Thx Carrie
 

Elderberry C. (47)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 5:41 pm
Bring back the turtles PLEASE!
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 5:49 pm
This is singularly one of the most disturbing articles I have read to date. I sincerely hope that governments around the world devote far more resources to the research and study of these seemingly indestructible creatures because they have the ability to destroy whole ecosystems and economies. Highly informative post Carrie, thanks for sharing.
 

Val R. (230)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 6:48 pm
Iwill just say read and noted.
 

Jason S. (57)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 7:34 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Carrie B. (303)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 8:06 pm
Several of you commented on my Zozobra story ~ saying it was creepy. Wrong! This is truly creepy because it is real and true and unimaginable! I read it and thought OMG in heaven ~ we are most certainly doomed! I had visions of GIGANTIC nuclear Fukushima jellyfish taking over the entire Pacific ocean! We really need to do something about this NOW!
 

Laurie H. (692)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 8:18 pm
I'm worried about this situation as well, Carrie. We are living in strange & ever changing times. It sounds like our scientists had better get moving & see what needs to be done-if it's possible. Thank you Carrie---- this is something everyone should know about.~~
 

Eternal Gardener (703)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 8:42 pm
Thanks to humans; accelerating the speed of mammalian destruction!
 

Lindsey O. (19)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 8:47 pm
Fabulous and beautiful creatures. But we can sometimes have too much of a good thing.
 

GGmaSheila D. (132)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 9:27 pm
Be afraid...be very afraid. This is totally scary.
 

Patricia H. (468)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 1:06 am
thanks for sharing
 

Danuta Watola (1180)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 1:22 am
noted
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 2:14 am
scared
 

John S. (297)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 3:26 am
Interesting.
 

FranNOMAILPLS Darcy (213)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 5:17 am
If this was April 1st ... i would have been convinced that this was a "spoof" .... and I'm still thinking ... Is ti for real?
Horror -film material, this, so very scary.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 5:40 am
Thanks.
 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 6:38 am
I've learned about this gigantic increase of jellyfish from other sources before, so I know this isn't a hoax, but that doesn't make it any less scary. There seems to be only one thing for it: think up as many uses for them as possible: food, animal food (for salmon?), fertilizer, turning them into some kind of biological plastic.... and have our fisheries change their fishing methods to suit catching and processing jellyfish.
Perhaps we shouldn't go vegan but Mnemiopsic? Just kidding of course, but with a bit of serious undertone.
 

Tom Tree (255)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 7:35 am
Interesting article, SCARY STUFF !
Thank You for sharing.......
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 8:01 am
Fascinating article. Now you understand why I get so upset about the Gulf. Adapt indeed; more like die already.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 8:26 am
"But I think I underestimated how severely we have damaged our oceans and their inhabitants." as Gershwin says. and I think we all know of damage done. Anytime their is a creature whether it be animal or fish - in this case jelly fish, that don't have any natural predators, the ecological system is affected.
Very interesting article, Thank You Carrie.
 

Diane K. (136)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 9:54 am
Wow, jellyfish are a worse problem than I ever thought. I can't imagine being stung by one. It really is a topic that needs more research on, to make sure jellyfish don't take over all the oceans! thanks for sharing, Carrie.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 11:02 am
Thank you.
 

Marija Mohoric (50)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 11:28 am
thank you, noted
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 11:43 am

About 5 years ago I began reading about the increase in jelly fish and the sudden growth of giant jelly fish, an anomaly in the oceans that is caused by humans. We have done this and we continue to over fish, kill off the top predators for their fins and treat the ocean like our toilets. We reap what we have sown. Giant jelly fish can reach 7 -10 feet across have casually killed large shark and toss large fish boats over. This is no Spielberg movie, just what we have done to ourselves.
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 12:36 pm
This is news to me and I will keep up on it. Thank you.
 

Ruth S. (314)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 12:39 pm
Thank you for the info.
 

Dave C. (213)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 1:05 pm
thanks.
 

Joy Mcronald (127)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 2:02 pm
Thank you, noted..
 

Connie O. (40)
Monday September 9, 2013, 8:56 am
this is indeed scary
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday September 9, 2013, 6:50 pm
I thought this must be about some horror movie. However, the canary in the coal mine has died and no one noticed except a few scientists. Because Dr. Gershwin's curriculum vitae is so impressive, this article is factual and as such it is absolutely terrifying! I hope I don't have nightmares. Gershwin's comments are indeed sobering and need to be brought to the attention of the media and the public. Clearly, the govbernment is aware of it. I find this far too terrifying to purchase the book. I'm ashamed of myself. Usually when something worries me, I want to go buy books about the subject, but in this case I wish I had not read the article. Thank you, Carrie for shedding light on this horrifying new reality.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday September 9, 2013, 6:52 pm
Oops! My trembling fingers mispelled government!!!
 
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