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Monster Jellyfish Invade Gulf of Mexico (Australian spotted jellyfish)
LiveScience.com on yahoo ^ | 8/18/07 | Robert Roy Britt

Posted on 08/18/2007 9:37:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Australian jellyfish that invaded the Gulf of Mexico seven years ago have made a "vigorous reappearance" this summer and threaten to devour native fish, scientists announced Friday.

And in the Gulf, with plenty to eat, they grow to monster size.

"In their native waters, they tend to be fist-sized," said Monty Graham of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. "Here in the Gulf, they can be a big as dinner plates.”

The creatures can weigh up to 25 pounds.

The Australian spotted jellyfish, Phyllorhiza punctata, are not dangerous to humans. But scientists say the invasion could pose a threat to the fishing and shrimping industries. The jellies foul trawling nets and eat eggs and larvae of other fish.

The invasive jellyfish have been found in the Gulf since 2000 but in small numbers. This year, there are more of them, and their range has extended up to the Mid-Atlantic states.

“Reports from the Panhandle of Florida and North Carolina indicate they’re pretty concentrated elsewhere,” Graham said. “We just started getting reports of Phyllorhiza appearing on the east coast of Florida and as far up as North Carolina this year."

Jellyfish can be carried around the globe when they attach to ships. Other studies have found that species of moon jellyfish are invading seas all over the planet. Another study finds jellyfish are opportunists, moving in and taking over regions of the sea that humans overfish.

Officials encourage jellyfish sightings be reported to the Sea Lab's web site.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Mexico; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: gulfofmexico; invade; jellyfish; monster

1 posted on 08/18/2007 9:37:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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. and then there is this..

Another marine invader: cannibalistic alien jellyfish enter the Gulf - invasive species

Giant caribbean nonindigenous jellyfish (Drymonema dalmatina) have entered the Gulf of Mexico and common moon jellyfish are being cannibalized. The pink jellyfish grow to three feet in diameter, and their tentacles can reach 70 feet. They resemble a ragged clump of fiberglass insulation or a blob of cotton candy. This species, first seen in early September 2000, have been reported from Destin, Fla., to west Louisiana. They likely drifted from the Caribbean into the northern Gulf on a current similar to the one that brought hordes of exotic Australian jellyfish to the Coast in May. In some parts of the Gulf, scientists have counted thousands of these jellyfish per square mile.

2 posted on 08/18/2007 9:40:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: pcottraux
Not really a crypto-ping, but still odd fauna.
3 posted on 08/18/2007 9:40:01 PM PDT by Brujo (Quod volunt, credunt.)
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To: NormsRevenge

4 posted on 08/18/2007 9:41:38 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: NormsRevenge
If they're not poisonous some Californian will figure out a way to make tacos out of them, problem solved.

I adore fryin up a batch of squid, any chance jellyfish taste similar?

5 posted on 08/18/2007 9:43:59 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: NormsRevenge

Probably jettisoned from the holding tanks of Algores’ private jet. Looks sumthin’ like Globull Warming doesn’t it?


6 posted on 08/18/2007 9:48:30 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I watched that show on deadly Australian jellyfish, and there were some deaths in the Gulf of Mexico reported from them.

IIRC, the bowling ball size ones can kill, or at least stun enough to cause drowning with with a meter or so worth of tentacle contact.

The thimble size ones only have like four tentacles, maybe 3 inches long, and contact with one can kill with the extremes its toxin puts the body through. I think the excruciating effects last on the order of two to three days.

7 posted on 08/18/2007 9:57:13 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: NormsRevenge

So... can we make ethanol out of them?


8 posted on 08/18/2007 10:08:22 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: NormsRevenge
I don’t know about giant jellyfish, but last month when we were vacationing in pan handle Florida with friends we all got stung by little tiny jellyfish, and my friend got a rash all over her body which the local pharmacist called sea lice which is common in summer months in Florida. she suggested soaking it in vinegar and not showering or washing it off w/ clear water which would aggravate it more. I’d never seen anything like it.
9 posted on 08/18/2007 10:08:23 PM PDT by parisa
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To: txflake
Sesame Jellyfish

Chile Marinated Jellyfish

10 posted on 08/18/2007 10:14:39 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: NormsRevenge
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11 posted on 08/18/2007 10:18:23 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Calvin Locke

You are referring to the deadly box jellies — Chironex Fleckeri and the irukandji — which are not true jellyfish.

Drymonema dalmatina, however, is not a jellyfish to be trifled with, either. It is highly venomous, possessing over 150 long stinging tentacles. Its nickname is “pink meanie.”


12 posted on 08/18/2007 10:49:53 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger
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To: parisa
Yep, so called "sea lice" (a misnomer) are fairly common in Florida and Caribbean waters in the summer. Next time, take this along.
13 posted on 08/18/2007 10:54:16 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger
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To: RepublitarianRoger

I was popped by a Portuguese Man of War in Destin FL.That was an unpleasant experience to say the least.


14 posted on 08/18/2007 10:57:50 PM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: NormsRevenge

15 posted on 08/18/2007 10:58:55 PM PDT by DryFly
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To: redstateconfidential

Ouch! No kidding.

I’ve been in the ocean a lot, including being around ‘cudas, stingrays and moray eels, but the worst I’ve had happen to me was getting pinched hard by a big crab I picked up the wrong way.


16 posted on 08/18/2007 11:04:35 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger
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To: RepublitarianRoger

Thanks for the info. Definitely worth keeping a bottle or two on hand.


17 posted on 08/18/2007 11:13:58 PM PDT by parisa
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To: NormsRevenge
It's not the jellyfish you should worry about. It's those rarely mentioned jam fish.

These things come up out of the Gulf late at night and they attack in groups, overpowering their victims.

18 posted on 08/18/2007 11:17:49 PM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: piasa
I have a question about the Sesame Jellyfish recipe (which I will try).

It says "Let the jellyfish sit in the water for about 15 minutes or until it is tender."

All the jellyfish I've ever encountered appeared to be pretty tender while alive. Maybe that's why we call them "jellyfish".

Seriously, how can you really tell when their tender?

19 posted on 08/18/2007 11:34:33 PM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: capt. norm
“All the jellyfish I’ve ever encountered appeared to be pretty tender while alive. Maybe that’s why we call them “jellyfish”.

Seriously, how can you really tell when their tender?”

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You can tell they are tender when they cry during the movie Beaches.

20 posted on 08/18/2007 11:39:53 PM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: NormsRevenge

Why does it seem that all things that have the word “Australian” associated with it just seem to be worse? lol


21 posted on 08/18/2007 11:49:52 PM PDT by KoRn (Just Say NO ....To Liberal Republicans - FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: parisa

We were in Gulf Shores about a month ago and had to keep the kids out of the water quite a bit because of all the jelly fish.


22 posted on 08/19/2007 4:52:52 AM PDT by Aggie Mama
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Picard vs jellyfish:

http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/f/f8/270px-STEncFarpoint.jpg


23 posted on 08/19/2007 5:49:21 AM PDT by isom35
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To: RepublitarianRoger

I remember as a kid living near Virginia Beach we used to use cigarette tobacco. Rub it on the sting and the pain would disappear.


24 posted on 08/19/2007 6:03:38 AM PDT by ops33 (Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant)
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To: ops33
I remember as a kid living near Virginia Beach we used to use cigarette tobacco. Rub it on the sting and the pain would disappear.

Yep. And it also works on most bee/wasp/hornet stings. Take the tobacco out of a cigarette, moisten it with water, and apply it directly on the site of the sting. Pain goes away immediately. I have been hit by some yellow jackets it didn't work on but it usually works wonderfully.

25 posted on 08/19/2007 7:58:21 AM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: NormsRevenge

lol, bush’s fault, he must have put them there so our shrimp and fish will disappear and we will be dependent on chinese shrimp and fish., lol, /sarc.


26 posted on 08/19/2007 8:01:38 AM PDT by television is just wrong (deport all illegal aliens NOW. Put all AMERICANS TO WORK FIRST. END WELFARE.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Build the wall!


27 posted on 08/19/2007 8:09:01 AM PDT by DaGman (`)
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To: Nuc1

I wonder what in the tobacco kills the sting, nicotine?


28 posted on 08/19/2007 8:55:12 AM PDT by ops33 (Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant)
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To: Brujo; Angelas; presidio9; Idisarthur; Hegemony Cricket; A knight without armor; new cruelty; ...
Doing jobs our own jellyfish won't do.


29 posted on 08/19/2007 10:27:01 AM PDT by pcottraux (Fred Thompson pronounces it "P. Coe-troe"...in 2008.)
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To: NormsRevenge; pcottraux

This could have been a much stickier problem if this infestation were by the dreaded peanut-butter-and-jellyfish.


30 posted on 08/19/2007 10:37:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Friday, August 17, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: txflake

S’not likely.


31 posted on 08/19/2007 10:47:00 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I was fishing the gulf, last weekend, and I’ve never seen anything like it. At the first spot we stopped to fish there wasn’t three feet between jellyfish near the surface.

It was all but impossible to troll, because the jellyfish would get caught up in the lines and slide down to foul the lures.

I’ve never seen anything like this.

32 posted on 08/19/2007 10:47:03 AM PDT by RavenATB
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To: NormsRevenge
Monster Jellyfish Invade Gulf of Mexico

Congress took a vacation, eh?
33 posted on 08/19/2007 12:26:20 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat (From my fist to Harry Reid's face)
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