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Jellyfish outbreaks a sign of nature out of sync
terradaily.com ^ | June 19, 2008 | Staff Writers

Posted on 06/19/2008 11:31:54 AM PDT by PROCON

The dramatic proliferation of jellyfish in oceans around the world, driven by overfishing and climate change, is a sure sign of ecosystems out of kilter, warn experts. "Jellyfish are an excellent bellwether for the environment," explains Jacqueline Goy, of the Oceanographic Institute of Paris. "The more jellyfish, the stronger the signal that something has changed."

Brainless creatures composed almost entirely of water, the primitive animals have quietly filled a vacuum created by the voracious human appetite for fish.

Dislodging them will be difficult, marine biologists say.

"Jellyfish have come to occupy the place of many other species," notes Ricardo Aguilar, research director for Oceana, a international conservation organisation

(Excerpt) Read more at terradaily.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climatechange; coastalenvironment; environment; globalwarming; marinebiology


1 posted on 06/19/2008 11:31:54 AM PDT by PROCON
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To: PROCON

Good grief. As long as I can remember we have had jelly fish outbreaks at the beach.


2 posted on 06/19/2008 11:33:29 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: PROCON

3 posted on 06/19/2008 11:35:00 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Play that Funky Music Typical White Boy!)
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To: PROCON
"Brainless creatures composed almost entirely of water...
4 posted on 06/19/2008 11:35:04 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: PROCON

This is CLEARLY a result of Global Warming!! Without any doubt.


5 posted on 06/19/2008 11:35:08 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: xcamel; steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ping!


6 posted on 06/19/2008 11:35:09 AM PDT by PROCON (No more politics, I promise!)
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To: PROCON

Oh please. Will someone just give some of these so’called ocean experts a set of recent ocean temperature records? Guess numbers don’t matter. “Feelings” matter.


7 posted on 06/19/2008 11:35:37 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: PROCON; La Enchiladita; conservativepoet; sageb1; 4butnomorethan30characters; mware; ...
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NOW WITH A THEME SONG!!

AND JELLYFISH?!!


8 posted on 06/19/2008 11:35:41 AM PDT by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: PROCON

Let me guess: It’s Global Warming.


9 posted on 06/19/2008 11:36:14 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: PROCON

I have also noticed that the sand at the beach is very hot and burns my feet.

I also got a sunburn last time I was at the beach.

Something fishy is definitely going on with the climate.


10 posted on 06/19/2008 11:36:26 AM PDT by Notwithstanding ("You are either with America in our time of need or you are not" - Hillary from Senate well 9/12/01)
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To: PROCON

Or it could be just another good year for jellyfish.

I’m sure all the estrogen polluting the water had nothing to do with it.


11 posted on 06/19/2008 11:37:12 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: PROCON
Brainless creatures composed almost entirely of water,

I thought they were talking about Dems.

12 posted on 06/19/2008 11:37:35 AM PDT by beltfed308 (Heller: The defining moment of our Republic)
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To: BenLurkin
"Brainless creatures composed almost entirely of water...

13 posted on 06/19/2008 11:38:54 AM PDT by Bratch ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." --- Edmund Burke)
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To: PROCON

I was in Florida last week. There were no Jellyfish.


14 posted on 06/19/2008 11:39:10 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: PROCON

It’s all our fault!

We are next!

The end is near, thanks to Bush and his smirking cronies!

Doesn’t anybody care?

The children will have no where to swim. And no trees. And no air.

It has to be true, otherwise Leonardo DiCaprio would never have said so.


15 posted on 06/19/2008 11:39:18 AM PDT by Garden Island (US out of Iraq!.....And into Iran, Syria, and Pakistan!)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Let me guess: It’s Global Warming.

Ding..ding..ding..you da winner!

16 posted on 06/19/2008 11:39:23 AM PDT by PROCON (No more politics, I promise!)
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To: PROCON

I knew it, I knew it but nobody would agree with me. “Brainless creatures composed almost entirely of water, the primitive animals have quietly filled a vacuum” Perfect explanation of Congress.


17 posted on 06/19/2008 11:39:40 AM PDT by RC2
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To: PROCON

At one time I might have taken this seriously. Overfishing is a problem, and with modern technology and huge nets some stocks of fish and some fishing grounds have been seriously depleted.

But jellyfish? Give me a break. There have been plagues of various kinds of species—locusts, cicadas, jellyfish, you name it—since time began. That’s nature’s way.

Poisonous moonbat ideology has spread so far through the various scientific communities, urged on by biased grants from leftist academies, leftist foundations, and leftist government agencies, to the point where you can hardly trust any scientist any more.


18 posted on 06/19/2008 11:40:33 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: PROCON

Nature is never in sync.


19 posted on 06/19/2008 11:41:23 AM PDT by untenured
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To: PROCON

I thought Hillary losing the democratic nomination was “a sure sign of ecosystems out of kilter”.


20 posted on 06/19/2008 11:47:00 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: PROCON

“Jellyfish are an excellent bellwether for the environment,” explains Jacqueline Goy, of the Oceanographic Institute of Paris. “The more jellyfish, the stronger the signal that something has changed.”

i m a publik scewl teechur not a marine biologist, but since when have jellyfish set an eco standard? Did she just pull this out of her butt?


21 posted on 06/19/2008 11:55:16 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

Ok, so the jellyfish are becoming too numerous. Other than sea turtles, what eats them? I know the fishing nets that are used here on the east coast have turtle “escape” hatches to help cut down on the collateral catch.


22 posted on 06/19/2008 12:06:27 PM PDT by hobie-one
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To: BenLurkin

“Brainless creatures composed almost entirely of water...”

I was thinking Obama at first, but now that you say it that way, it sounds more like Gore.


23 posted on 06/19/2008 12:17:37 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: PROCON

It’s nothing that a little offshore drilling won’t cure.</sarcasm>


24 posted on 06/19/2008 12:18:30 PM PDT by GoldMan (Never try to rationalize an irrational mind............)
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To: PROCON
Primitive people might interpret an unusual number of jellyfish as a sign that they had done something to offende an aquatic deity. Fortunately, modern science has advanced far beyond such absurd superstitions.

Unless grant money is involved.

25 posted on 06/19/2008 12:22:03 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: PROCON
I thought RUSH covered this yesterday.
26 posted on 06/19/2008 12:27:05 PM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: PROCON

Vote ‘em out of office!

oops...I thought this was an article about the increase in liberalism.

...never mind


27 posted on 06/19/2008 12:28:35 PM PDT by woollyone (100 rounds per week totals over 5000 rounds in a year. Just thought you'd want to know.)
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To: PROCON
It's their fault.......


28 posted on 06/19/2008 12:30:02 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: untenured

That is EXACTLY correct! Nature is what nature is (apologies to Bill Clinton). After all, aren’t 99% of these alarmists also practicing members of the Church of Darwin? The credo of that religion is that everything is the result of chance, meaningless actions. Therefore, how you can you know what “sync” is and isn’t??


29 posted on 06/19/2008 12:32:32 PM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: beltfed308
I thought they were talking about Dems.

Nope. Republican politicians have exclusive right to the title "jellyfish".

30 posted on 06/19/2008 12:32:38 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Given such dismal choices, I guess I'll vote for the old guy.)
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To: PROCON
"Jellyfish are an excellent bellwether for the environment," explains Jacqueline Goy, of the Oceanographic Institute of Paris. "The more jellyfish, the stronger the signal that something has changed."

And we all know that change is bad...no, wait, change is good. Change! Hope!

31 posted on 06/19/2008 12:37:58 PM PDT by Dan Cooper
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To: untenured
"Nature is never in sync." Ditto, Romans 8:20-23
32 posted on 06/19/2008 12:39:19 PM PDT by JWinNC (www.anailinhisplace.net)
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To: PROCON

I ate jellyfish the last time I was in China.
I don’t see the problem.


33 posted on 06/19/2008 12:40:31 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: PROCON
Brainless creatures composed almost entirely of water

Not unlike the "scientists" that came up with this theory.....

34 posted on 06/19/2008 12:44:10 PM PDT by wbill
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To: PROCON
Maybe this no longer applies:

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35 posted on 06/19/2008 1:05:51 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: PROCON
What did the Jellyfish eat to get to be so many?

Then what did that creature eat to get to be so many?

Then what did that creature eat to get to be so many?

Then what did that creature eat to get to be so many?

Then what did that creature eat to get to be so many?

Then what did that creature eat to get to be so many?

Then what did that creature eat to get to be so many?

Scientists indeed. /sarc

36 posted on 06/19/2008 1:06:13 PM PDT by Tolkien (Another day, another 1.603 million miles around the sun.)
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To: PROCON

Three extra words at the end of the title.


37 posted on 06/19/2008 1:21:46 PM PDT by jimfree (Freep and Ye shall find.)
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To: PROCON
Love your graphic!

Brainless creatures composed almost entirely of water, the primitive animals have quietly filled a vacuum created by the voracious human appetite for fish.

Dislodging them will be difficult, marine biologists say.

How hard can it be Mr Biologist, they are brainless! Don't you have a college degree??? Why do we need to dislodge them?

I am always annoyed when scientists base their grand formulations for the worlds oceans on a study of the Mediteranean sea.

Two centuries worth of data shows that jellyfish populations naturally swell every 12 years, remain stable four or six years, and then subside.

2008, however, will be the eighth consecutive year that medusae, as they are also known, will be present in massive numbers.

How good is that 200 years data. what species does it cover and how complete is it. I ask that because of the following:

But just how many millions, or billions, of jellyfish roam the seas is nearly impossible to know, said scientists.

For one things, the boneless, translucent animals -- even big ones grouped in large swarms -- are hard to spot in satellite images or sonar soundings, unlike schools of fish.

They are also resist study in captivity, which means a relative paucity of academic studies.

"There are only 20 percent of species of jellyfish for which we know the life cycle," said Goy.

Oh by all means, lets make some grandious global dictates based upon our limited knowledge of jelly fish...

So lets summarize: We have 200 years of data for some portion less than 20% of known jelly fish species and a relative paucity of academic studies in the field. We don't know how many roam the oceans and we have one or two extended periods of dominance for one noted species/family.

Now get back to work!

38 posted on 06/19/2008 2:02:01 PM PDT by BoneHead (Al who??)
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To: Bon mots
I ate jellyfish the last time I was in China. I don’t see the problem.

More information please. How was it prepared? What was it like?

39 posted on 06/19/2008 2:11:42 PM PDT by BoneHead (Al who??)
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To: BoneHead

It was dry and crunchy along with the other appetizers before a meal of Peking Duck in Beijing. Tasted a bit salty if I remember correctly, but otherwise like a light snack food.


40 posted on 06/19/2008 4:01:34 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: PROCON

They could fry the jellyfish up like how they do in China.


41 posted on 06/19/2008 4:09:17 PM PDT by TypeZoNegative (Barak Obama: An American African, Not An African-American. (There is a Difference.))
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To: untenured
Nature is never in sync.

Like I always say; if it is, it is natural.

42 posted on 06/19/2008 4:22:00 PM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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Beam me to Planet Gore !

43 posted on 06/19/2008 4:35:40 PM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: PROCON; Bender2; Lil'freeper

At first I thought this was an article about Republicans in Congress... I was wrong.


44 posted on 06/19/2008 4:37:30 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words". ~ St. Francis of Assisi)
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To: BoneHead

Actually medusa are similar to, but not the same as, jellyfish. Whoever wrote this knows less about marine biology than me.


45 posted on 06/19/2008 7:58:21 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("Ah! but it was something to have at least a choice of nightmares.")
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