Tag Archives: Jellyfish

The surprising reason you might be seeing more jellyfish in the sea this summer

Scientists have discovered that offshore wind farms and oil and gas platforms provide an ideal habitat in which the creatures can thrive. Until now, the rapid increase in jellyfish numbers in oceans around the world has been largely blamed on overfishing, which wipes out their natural predators, global warming and nutrient run-off. The research suggests that man-made structures have played a role in the jellyfish boom by offering an enticing home for polyps — the tiny organisms which eventually grow into jellyfish. The results suggested a correlation between big jellyfish numbers and man-made structures such as energy platforms and wind farms. click here to read the story 13:41

Jellyfish Transformed into ‘Super-Absorbent’ Nappies and Tampons

A new method of transforming jellyfish into biodegradable “super-absorbers” suitable for use in nappies, sponges, paper towels and tampons has been developed by nanotechnology startup Cine’al.  Read more here ibtimes.com  12:39

Jellyfish futures ring global ocean industry alarm bells

Those pretty translucent blobs that the word “jellyfish” conveys? Who’d have thought? Few of us know the half of it. Closer to home, jellyfish can massively sting salmon to death. They increase the ocean acidification that has ravaged our Northwest shellfish, eating away their shells. Pink jellies are abundant in late summer in Deep Cove’s Indian Arm. To say the least, jellyfish are bad for business. (Coincidentally, last week the Vancouver Sun’s Larry Pynn detailed the total collapse of B.C.’s sardine fishery but mentioned no role for jellyfish.) http://fisherynation.com/archives/16084   [email protected] 12:27

Jellyfish: It’s What’s For Dinner

The recent jellyfish pulse might thus be a snapshot within a long series of natural cycles,” Laura Poppick writes for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. A recent study of jellyfish sightings from 1874 to 2011 conducted by MBARI suggests that the blooms follow a cyclical pattern, one that peaks every 20 years. The Research Institute’s sister organization, the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch, doesn’t issue a rating for the  in Georgia or the other Southern states where jellyballs, as locals call them, are caught.  [email protected] 11:59