On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean

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Our oceans are becoming increasingly inhospitable to life--growing toxicity and rising temperatures coupled with overfishing have led many marine species to the brink of collapse. And yet there is one creature that is thriving in this seasick environment: the beautiful, dangerous, and now incredibly numerous jellyfish. As foremost jellyfish expert Lisa-ann Gershwin describes in Stung!, the jellyfish population bloom is highly indicative of the tragic state of the world's ocean waters, while also revealing the incredible tenacity of these remarkable creatures.   Recent documentaries about swarms of giant jellyfish invading Japanese fishing grounds and summertime headlines about armadas of stinging jellyfish in the Mediterranean and Chesapeake are only the beginning--jellyfish are truly taking over the oceans. Despite their often dazzling appearance, jellyfish are simple creatures with simple needs: namely, fewer predators and competitors, warmer waters to encourage rapid growth, and more places for their larvae to settle and grow. In general, oceans that are less favorable to fish are more favorable to jellyfish, and these are the very conditions that we are creating through mechanized trawling, habitat degradation, coastal construction, pollution, and climate change.   Despite their role as harbingers of marine destruction, jellyfish are truly enthralling creatures in their own right, and in Stung! , Gershwin tells stories of jellyfish both attractive and deadly while illuminating many interesting and unusual facts about their behaviors and environmental adaptations. She takes readers back to the Proterozoic era, when jellyfish were the top predator in the marine ecosystem--at a time when there were no fish, no mammals, and no turtles; and she explores the role jellies have as middlemen of destruction, moving swiftly into vulnerable ecosystems. The story of the jellyfish, as Gershwin makes clear, is also the story of the world's oceans, and Stung! provides a unique and urgent look at their inseparable histories--and future.
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9780226020105
Characteristics: xiv, 424 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Earle, Sylvia A. 1935-


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Oct 20, 2018

"Stung!" is actually quite a fascinating work of non-fiction that tells the surprising story of how jellyfish are surviving without much trouble in our increasingly polluted oceans while many other sea-creatures are dying at an alarming rate.

The study of jellyfish flourishing in the world's contaminated waters has been an on-going research project of marine biologist, Lisa-Ann Gershwin for a number of years now.

Sep 15, 2018

IMO - The spineless jellyfish are, indeed, the absolute, most beautifully creepy and bizarre-looking creatures on the entire face of this biologically diverse planet where we all live.

Competently written by Australian research scientist, Lisa-Ann Gershwin - "Stung!" is a truly fascinating story that takes a close-up look at the one creature which is actually thriving in our oceans (while so many others are dying) that are becoming increasingly inhospitable from growing toxicity and rising temperatures.

In "Stung!" Gershwin tells a remarkable tale about both the attractiveness, as well as the deadliness of the mysterious jellyfish. And, in turn - This informative narrative becomes a dire message about the present state of the world's oceans.

This book also includes 16 pages of colour photos.


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