published Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Plate-sized jellyfish ring Ala., Miss. islands

MOBILE, Ala. — Jellyfish the size of dinner plates are clustering around the barrier islands of Alabama and Mississippi.

The Mobile Press-Register reports the jellyfish are so thick in Orange Beach that they look like stepping stones on the water.

The moon jellyfish do not sting, but swimmers can feel them while bathing in the Gulf of Mexico. They range in color from pink to white and have short tentacles.

Scientists say it’s too early to know if the jellyfish population has increased in the Gulf. Wind, currents and tides likely brought the jellyfish close to shore. University of Southern Mississippi marine scientist Monty Graham says the jellyfish tend to accumulate along the edges of the shore, which helps them reproduce.

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tderng said...

OMG...It must be global warming!!!

September 18, 2011 at 10:52 p.m.
NoMyth said...

@tderng, actually larger and larger jellyfish is the result of overfishing...it is occurring throughout the world.

September 18, 2011 at 11:10 p.m.

@NoMyth, We should pull these out of there and package and ship them to southeast asia where people eat them. Call it economic stimulus.

September 19, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
jayhay182 said...

Let's go jellyfishing. Where's my net?

September 19, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.
holdout said...

How does overfishing cause larger jellyfish? Not disagreeing with you just wondering how that works.

September 19, 2011 at 10:02 a.m.

@holdout, It only works if the fish being caught are the natural predators of these jellyfish. The presence of these jellyfish should bring those fish to the alabama shorelines. Should be some good fishing there in the future.

September 19, 2011 at 10:13 a.m.
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