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Gelatinous Gems by Mary Syrett

Fascinating creatures with amazing adaptations, the Tidewater’s jellyfish are more than just stinging threats to swimmers. They are pulsating, gossamer jewels of the sea; brainless creatures; kings of sting; plankton drifters. There are more than 200 known species, and yet they remain phantoms to most people, including Atlantic Coast residents. They can live for one to

ten years, depending on the species. The fragile, luminous beauty of jellyfish makes them a popular subject for underwater photographers. That they are variously known as edible delicacies, threats to fisheries, beach nuisances, household pets and dangerous killers adds all the more interest. “Jellyfish” is the name given to any organism that is pelagic (lives

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Tidewater Times May 2011  

May 2011 Tidewater Times

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