A Closer Look at Jellyfish – PBS NewsHour Item on August 3, 2016

Jellyfish are the focus of “In the Increasingly Damaged Sea, One Animal is Thriving,” broadcast on August 3, 2016, on the PBS NewsHour.  The 6 min./52 second video, available online at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/increasingly-damaged-sea-one-animal-thriving/, examines how populations of jellyfish are increasing, possibly as a result of fishing harvests that remove feeding competitors and of jellyfish’ capacity for tolerating pollution.  The report includes a visit to jellyfish research facilities at the New England Aquarium in Boston.

For more information on jellyfish, see the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, “Jellyfish and Comb Jellies,” online at http://ocean.si.edu/jellyfish-and-comb-jellies.

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