Scientists blown away by Tasmania’s giant jellyfish

February 8, 2014

SYDNEY — Residents of a sleepy hamlet in Tasmania discovered a beforehand unknown type of big jellyfish washed up on a seashore, prompting pleasure amongst scientists in Australia as they work to formally identify and classify the creature.

About M.5m throughout, the white jellyfish with a pink spot within the center is believed to be a relative of the lion’s mane species popularly referred to as a “snotty” because it resembles mucus.

“There’s the thrill, that it’s a brand new species after which there’s the ‘Oh my God issue’ that it occurs to be the dimensions of a Smart automotive,” Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin, a scientist on the authorities’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, informed Reuters. “It’s like Disneyland for marine biologists.”

A household strolling alongside the seashore discovered the enormous jellyfish late final month and despatched a photograph to the analysis organisation in Hobart, Australia’s southernmost metropolis. Scientists consider the jellyfish was later washed out to sea.

Gershwin and different scientists are additionally making an attempt to find why there was an unlimited rise in jellyfish populations within the waters round Tasmania this yr.

“There’s one thing happening that’s inflicting an entire lot of species to bloom in staggering numbers and we don’t know why but,” she stated. “It’s so thick with jellyfish that it’s like swimming in bubble tea.”


Scientists blown away by Tasmania’s giant jellyfish
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