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Monster Jellyfish Discovered on the Beach in Tasmania

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Here at Top Secret Writers we endeavor to bring you the latest news about bizarre sightings of animals, plant-life, UFOs and other strange phenomena. In 2013 our story about compelling video clips of the mythical Chupacabra fascinated readers. The latest find in the animal kingdom certainly takes some beating in the absorbing stakes, which is why we feel compelled to inform our readers about it.

A giant jellyfish has been found on a beach in Tasmania. The jumbo jellyfish was found by a family on a beach south of Hobart in January this year. The gelatinous creature measured 1.5 meters, the size of a small car.

It has been confirmed that the jellyfish is a gigantic specimen and is one of three new species of lion’s mane jellyfish in Tasmania. Scientists in Australia are currently working to classify the unnamed species of giant jellyfish that washed up on the beach.

Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin, a research scientist at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), told Guardian Australia that the jellyfish was the biggest she’d ever come across in her career of studying the creatures.

“There is a bigger species in the Arctic, and it gets about 3m across the body, so there are bigger species out there, but not in Australia,” said Dr. Gershwin.

Why This Giant Jellyfish Is Unique

The biggest lion’s mane jellyfish ever recorded was discovered in 1870 on the shores of Massachusetts Bay. Longer than a blue whale, the jellyfish’s diameter measured 7′, 6″ and its tentacles measured 120 feet. Reports suggest that these mighty gelatin sea creatures have been drifting around in the oceans even before the dinosaurs arrived.

So, if giant jellyfish have been around for millions of millennia and one measuring almost 3 meters has been found before, what’s all the fuss about the recent giant jellyfish discovery on the Tasmania beach?

Talking of why the discovery is exciting and new, Dr Gershwin said:

“It’s not new because it’s large, it’s new because its structural features are unlike other species, it just happens that this one is huge… it’s the size of a Smart car.”

The jellyfish was found stranded on the beach with its belly-up. With its raggedy look, the beached living gelatinous mound has been described as looking like a “dinner plate with a mop hanging underneath”.

The discovery comes in the midst of huge booms in the numbers of jellyfish being found in Tasmanian waters as well as other parts of the world. The reason to why the population of jellyfish is on the increase is baffling scientists.

Despite the reasons for the boom in these creatures of the sea remaining unclear, it is feared that the increase might be a sign that something is wrong.

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Are Giant Jellyfish Numbers Increasing?

Jellyfish are an important component of the oceanic food chain. During the past thirty years or so, there has been a dramatic increase and temporal shift in jellyfish distributions around the world. There are inevitably associated ecological ramifications to this increase.

As writes, there are also socio-economic impacts to the “influx” of jelly in the oceans, including damage to fisheries, industry and tourism. Because the gelatinous creatures are predatory plankton, they feed on small fish, fish eggs and crustaceans. Thus, they ultimately depletes the food resources for larger fish and mammals like whales.

In a study about the increasing jellyfish populations, it was revealed that of the 45 marine ecosystems studied, 62% of them showed the numbers of these floating creatures were increasing.

Unlike some fish which have relatively large brains, jellyfish don’t have a brain. As CBC reports, in lacking a brain, jellyfish are fairly low on the evolutionary totem pole. The increasing numbers are proof that ocean environments are changing, and not necessarily for the better.

In 2013, Dr. Gershwin talked to CBC News about how the increase in numbers of these “enchanting and lovely” invertebrates is an indication of the health of the oceans.

“They’re an indicator that something is out of balance,” Dr. Gershwin told CBC News. “So they’re kind of the canaries in the coal mine, if you will. Except whereas a canary dies when something is wrong, jellyfish flourish.”

Whether these jelly-like, brainless blobs are “enchanting and lovely” remains a matter of opinion. One thing is more certain, the increasing numbers of monster jellyfish like the one washed up recently on a Tasmanian beach, is unlikely to be doing the oceanic food resources any favors.

References & Image Credits:
(1) Tech Times

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