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2008-07-19 06:00:20

By Bill Bleyer, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 19--Lifeguards at East Hampton's Peconic Bay beaches have been issued an unusual piece of equipment this summer: spray bottles filled with a mixture of vinegar and salt water. It's the best defense against the pain caused by the sting of lion's mane jellyfish. Swimmers and lifeguards on Peconic Bay and some Long Island Sound beaches are emerging from the water with painful stings because of an unusually early spike in the jellyfish...

2008-05-06 03:00:17

Hordes of stinging jellyfish are back on Italian beaches this spring, and experts warned Monday it could be a sign of global warming. After a year's absence, the jellyfish have reappeared in the waters off Italy's southern Tyrrhenian coast just as swimmers were eagerly anticipating the start of the beach season, according to ANSA. What was formerly a 12-year cycle of jellyfish infestations now has happened nearly every year since 2003, leading some to believe climate change is playing a...

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2008-02-16 09:05:00

For years, Mediterranean beaches have been plagued by jellyfish. Now scientists are reporting that the problem is far worse than they had feared - and that a new generation of the poisonous creatures is poised to overwhelm the sea. A deadly sea change Perhaps you thought that jellyfish were a summer hazard of Mediterranean beaches, freak invaders that spoil your enjoyment of your favourite southern holiday resorts - but only momentarily, and only if you are unlucky. Well, if so, be warned....

2007-11-21 15:00:26

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK DUBLIN, Ireland - The only salmon farm in Northern Ireland has lost its entire population of more than 100,000 fish, worth some $2 million, to a spectacular jellyfish attack, its owners said Wednesday. The Northern Salmon Co. Ltd. said billions of jellyfish - in a dense pack of about 10 square miles and 35 feet deep - overwhelmed the fish last week in two net pens about a mile off the coast of the Glens of Antrim, north of Belfast. Managing director John Russell said...

2007-08-03 12:20:00

Health officials in South Carolina say they have received thousands of reports of jellyfish stings in the past week from the Hilton Head Island area south of Charleston. The Island Packet newspaper of Hilton Head Island said more than 3,000 beachgoers were stung by jellyfish in that area during the last week. A check with officials at a few other Carolinas beach locations this morning indicated the jellyfish problem seems to be centered near Hilton Head. Most of the Hilton Head-area stings...

2007-07-04 15:22:38

By Kirk Moore, Asbury Park Press, N.J. Jul. 3--When David Nolte got his family a 32-foot Catalina sailboat, he knew they'd need one more piece of equipment to enjoy Chesapeake Bay. A few years later, he bought the company that makes it. Now an alarming northward advance of stinging sea nettle jellyfish is bringing the Nettle Net Boat Pool company new business from New Jersey. Boaters and waterfront homeowners along Barnegat Bay, the Navesink River and other Shore waterways are a...

2007-01-03 21:00:18

Giant jellyfish have been spotted in large numbers in the usually chilly waters surrounding Norway, an Oslo University scientist reported. Hege Vestheim told the Tonsbergs Blad newspaper that she photographed large numbers of the giant comb jellyfish in Norwegian waters last fall. The comb jellyfish, while not dangerous to humans, eats small newly hatched fish and can devastate marine fisheries by disrupting food chains. They were drifting on the surface everywhere, Vestheim told...

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...

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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...


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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 19:24:19

The Atlantic Sea Nettle, (Chrysaora quinquecirrha), also known as the East Coast Sea Nettle, is a species of jellyfish that is found in the Atlantic estuaries, such as Chesapeake Bay. It is similar to the Pacific Sea Nettle, however it is smaller and has more color variation. This bell-shaped invertebrate is typically semi-transparent and has small white dots and reddish-brown stripes. If the stripes are not present, the bell (body) appears white or opaque. Otherwise, it is typically...

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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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2012-04-03 18:08:27

The Compass Jellyfish, (Chrysaora hysoscella), is a fairly common species of jellyfish that is found in the coastal waters around the United Kingdom and Turkey. It has a diameter of up to 12 inches. It has 24 tentacles arranged in eight groups of three. It is typically colored yellowish white, with some brown.

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'