Skip to comments.Unusually large jellyfish off Israeli coasts
Posted on 07/12/2020 5:41:32 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
Every summer an influx of jellyfish is seen off the Israeli coast. This year the jellyfish are bigger than normal.
As Israel's yearly jellyfish influx approaches its apex, University of Haifa's Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences has been studying the ecology and life cycle of jellyfish along Israel's coast. And as a huge swarm of jellyfish appeared off Haifa's coast, the University's researchers took the opportunity to get up close and personal with Israel's all-too-familiar summer marine animals and this year they're larger than ever.
"Overall, this is the summer bloom of jellyfish that we anticipate, but there's a slight difference in the size of jellyfish on average, they're bigger this year than in other years," explained University of Haifa Professor Dror Angel.
"We had a very rainy winter this year, and the runoff that reached the sea provided a lot of nutrients that contributed to the formation of the jellyfish bloom. The nutrients feed the algae; the algae bloom and are eaten by small plankton herbivores, and these are then eaten by the jellyfish."
Could increases to the size of the jellyfish have anything to do with the coronavirus pandemic we're experiencing and decrease in human presence along the country's shores? According to Prof. Angel, that's unlikely.
"I don't think the coronavirus has anything to do with the jellyfish," Prof. Angel insisted. "I think nature is the bigger player. We're looking at cues like changes in temperature, as these probably play a role in determining when jellyfish appear. Rainy winters or more arid winters could determine the size of the bloom the following summer.
"We haven't identified human-driven factors, like pollution, which could also be affecting the blooms...."
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an unscheduled RNC visit?
Rodents of Unusual Size
“Could COVID have contributed to the size of the jellyfish?”
What kind of idiot ... OMG.
This is dumber than blaming it on global warming.
“an unscheduled RNC visit?”
LOL. Only took two posts!
Rodents of great size
Sporting coats and ties
Telling prodigious lies
In a swarm of flies
See Democrats in Congress and Senate. Full of very large snakes and rats.
Seen a rat in NYC kill a cat and drag it off.....
Its the JOUS.
“Jellyfish of Unusual Size.”
I've heard of a Bikini Whale
About 6’ tall and 190 lbs?
I don't believe they exist.
Only the ones we trained to spy and attack tourists.
Our sharks are carefully trained to attack tourists in Egypt; keep up.
Bet you didnt even know about our spy vultures.
Great minds think alike!
We could also train jellyfish, but they don’t have much of a brain.
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