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Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean
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Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean (Hardback)

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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 jellyfish invading Japanese fishing grounds and headlines about armadas of stinging jellyfish in the 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 worldwide.

Despite their role as harbingers of marine destruction, jellyfish are enthralling creatures in their own right, and in "Stung!", Gershwin tells stories of jellyfish while illuminating many 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 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.

Science & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesHydrobiologyMarine biologyScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesZoology & animal sciencesZoology: Invertebrates Publisher: The University of Chicago Press Publication Date: 10/05/2013 ISBN-13: 9780226020105  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Lisa-ann Gershwin is director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services. She was awarded a Fulbright in 1998 for her studies on jellyfish blooms and evolution, and since that time she has discovered over 150 new species.

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