Bloom, Aurelia aurita

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Jellyfish are captivating creatures that have roamed Earth’s oceans, from the surfaces to the cavernous depths for 500 million years, with over 2000 species drifting around the globe. Not only are jellyfish able to survive and reproduce in the increasingly warming waters, they also thrive on nutrient rich, oxygen-poor environments where other organisms struggle. Scientists are currently investigating whether the effects of climate change may actually be beneficial to these species. Like a canary in a mine, the recent rise in jellyfish blooms is a strong indicator of the dramatic changes occurring in the oceanic ecosystem. 

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by Caro Facelli