posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 01:39 PM
There seems to be a LOT of jellyfish causing havoc across the globe lately, they are clogging water intakes at nuclear plants, stinging swimmers and
closing beaches and gathering in huge numbers. I know the warm summer is adding to the problem since water temps. above 76 degrees are ideal for them,
but how unusual is the current situation? RSOE post from today says "Tens of millions" of the buggers have invaded New Jersey shores......
Apparently this area has had problems for about five years so it's nothing new, but it's getting worse. An increase in nitrogen levels is blamed for
a global increase in activity, along with higher temps, algae blooms and decrease in oxygen levels. What worries me is link between decrease in
predators and increase in jellyfish.
So what's the deal?
1. How much of this problem is linked to climate change?
2. Is this a precursor to bigger problem on the horizon?
3. Where are the numbers on natural predator die offs?
4. Why should we care if we don't live on the coast?