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2006-08-20 20:05:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - South American "Red Devil" squid found off Alaska and jellyfish plaguing the Mediterranean may point to vast disruptions in the seas linked to global warming, pollution or over-fishing, experts say. Fish such as salmon and mackerel have also been spotted in the Arctic, far north of their normal ranges, in a possible vanguard of wrenching billion-dollar shifts in world fish stocks this century caused by warming oceans. "There will be...

2006-07-27 06:55:00

MADRID -- Sweltering temperatures sweeping Europe have brought a plague of jellyfish to Spain's eastern seashores, forcing holidaymakers to stay out of the sea, the Red Cross said on Thursday. The unwelcome visitors, which can reach the size of a dinner plate, have flourished thanks to a glut of plankton brought on by higher sea temperatures and a decline in natural predators like dolphins and turtles. The Red Cross has treated more than 10,000 jellyfish stings this summer so far in the...

2006-01-19 02:20:00

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO -- A slimy jellyfish weighing as much as a sumo wrestler has Japan's fishing industry in the grip of its poisonous tentacles. Vast numbers of Echizen kurage, or Nomura's jellyfish, have appeared around Japan's coast since July, clogging and ripping fishing nets and forcing fishermen to spend hours hacking them apart before bringing home their reduced catches. Representatives of fishing communities around the country gathered in Tokyo on Thursday, hoping to thrash out...

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2005-12-28 01:35:00

By Michael Perry SYDNEY -- Australia's summer -- if you can survive it, you'll love it. Australia has plenty of blue sky, a scorching sun and golden beaches washed by cooling waves. It also has a multitude of creatures that can kill you, and they all come out to play in the summer. Only one week into summer and hundreds of swimmers were chased from the surf at Bondi Beach by an unusually large shark, possibly an aggressive tiger shark or bronze whaler. Bondi Beach lifeguard Rod Kerr,who has...

2005-08-10 08:03:10

MADRID (Reuters) - Unusually high concentrations of jellyfish have appeared along Spain's Mediterranean coast this summer, to the discomfort of thousands of tourists, officials said on Wednesday. The Red Cross said its lifeguards had treated almost 11,000 people for stings on beaches so far this season in the northeastern region of Catalonia alone, twice the number from the same period last year, when the jellyfish count had already begun to rise. Almunecar on the south coast had to cancel...

2005-07-29 13:46:32

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The remotest depths of the Arctic ocean are surprisingly full of life, including previously unknown species of jellyfish and worms, a scientific team which just finished exploring the area said on Friday. The scientists, led by the University of Alaska, used robot submarines and sonar to probe an isolated 12,470-foot (3,800-meter) basin off Canada's Arctic coast where they fear species could be at risk from global warming. "We were surprised by the...

2005-07-29 11:15:03

LOS ANGELES -- They came, they stung, they left. Tens of thousands of purplish-black jellyfish that invaded Orange County beaches for the past week mostly disappeared by Thursday along with a red tide of microscopic plankton on which they may have been feeding. "The jellyfish blew away yesterday," said fire Capt. Jim Turner in Newport Beach, down the coast from Los Angeles. "The red tide has diminished tremendously, just a few streaks offshore. The water's looking blue-green and lovely. It's...

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2005-07-07 13:45:00

WASHINGTON -- The first deep sea red-light district - glowing appendages on a newly discovered jellyfish relative - appear to flash their come-hither message to lure prey. Jellyfish and other types of sea creatures are known to produce light, but this is the first deep ocean invertebrate known to use red fluorescent light, said Steven H. D. Haddock of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, Calif. Three of the animals were found by scientists using a remote controlled...

2005-06-15 07:12:49

HONOLULU (AP) -- Marine scientists believe they have determined what is stinging or biting canoe paddlers at Keehi Lagoon. Waikiki Aquarium curator Jerry Crow said he consulted with other marine scientists and is confident that a microscopic jellyfish called hydromedusa is causing the stings in the lagoon near Honolulu International Airport. "They are widespread throughout this area. They are clearly very abundant," Crow said. "I feel pretty confident that that's what's stinging people."...

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2005-05-11 18:24:37

PARIS (AFP) -- The box jellyfish, a denizen of tropical waters, has one of the most sophisticated optical systems in the marine world, with 24 eyes to give itself all-round vision even though it lacks a brain to handle what they see, scientists have found. Swedish researcher Dan-E Nilsson and colleagues found that the jellyfish, known for its cube-shaped head, has a cluster of eyes at each corner, making 24 in all. Sixteen of the eyes are mere "pigment pits" that collect light, but the other...


Latest Jellyfish Reference Libraries

Prowfish
2014-05-30 12:05:29

The prowfish (Zaprora silenus) is a subtropical species of a perch-like fish found in the northern Pacific Ocean. The range of the prowfish is from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska to Kamchatka, Russia, from Navarin Canyon in the Bering Sea to Hokkaido, Japan and Monterey, California. The preferred habitat of the prowish is rocky bottom at a maximum of 2,200 feet in depth where they spend most of their adult life. Prowfish can grow to a length of 40 inches or more having an elongated body that...

Warty Comb Jelly, Mnemiopsis leidyi
2014-01-05 00:00:00

The Warty Comb Jelly (Mnemiopsis leidyi), also known as the Sea Walnut, is a species of tentaculate ctenophore originally native to the western Atlantic coastal waters. Three species of Mnemiopsis have been named, but are now generally categorized as different ecological forms of the species leidyi. This species tolerates a wide range of salinity (2 to 38 psu), temperature (36 to 90 degrees F), and water quality. This creature was introduced in the Black Sea in the 1980s, where only one...

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2012-04-03 20:31:13

Bathykorus bouilloni is a species of jellyfish found in the Arctic Ocean at depths of 2,600 feet below sea level and extending to roughly 8,200 feet below sea level. Its range extends around Greenland and the north of Canada. This jellyfish is a recently discovered specimen that was first described in 2010. It is the only species within its genus, Bathykorus. Its genus name is derived from the Greek words bathy, meaning “deep” and korus, meaning “helmet,” which refers to the depth...

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2012-04-03 19:29:21

The Blue Jellyfish, (Cyanea lamarckii), also known as the Bluefire Jellyfish, is a species of jellyfish found in the western Pacific around Japan. It is also found in the pelagic zone off the west coast of Scotland, the North Sea and the Irish Sea. It is often commonly found among the more common Lion’s Mane Jellyfish. This jellyfish has a blue or yellow tone and grows to an average 4 to 8 inches in length, but has been recorded up to 12 inches long. In Scandinavian seas this species...

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2012-04-03 19:15:23

The Purple-striped Jelly (Chrysaora colorata), also known as the Mauve Stinger, is a species of jellyfish found primarily off the coast of California in Monterey Bay. This species has been studied closely by scientists hoping to gain a better understanding about the creature’s eating habits. The bell (body) of the jellyfish is up to 27.6 inches in diameter, with a radial pattern of stripes. The tentacles vary with age of each individual, consisting mainly of eight long dark arms, and...

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