Jellyfish – yet another really scary thing

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When I was a kid my dad took us to the Durban harbour to have a look at the ships.  I don’t remember anything about the ships, but what I do remember was looking all the way down the bow of the ship to the water below at the slimy creepy jellyfish floating in the murky water.  I also remember one of my evil siblings pretending to push me over the side.  I had nightmares for weeks about the ghostly gelatinous creatures wrapping their tentacles around me and sucking the blood out of my face.

Turns out they’re a terrible menace, and what’s really frightening is the way they are taking over the oceans annihilating everything in their path.  For instance, did you know that off the Cape coast is a curtain of jellyfish, a “stingy slimy killing field” that is 30,000 square metres across.  No wonder we’re importing our fish from South America.

If you want to frighten the living daylights out of yourself as well as miscellaneous body fluids, you will read this book review.  If you’re a real masochist, you will buy the book and be afraid.  Be very afraid.

+  Some species weight up to half a ton and can grow up to 150 feet long

+ Some species can kill  a human within 4 minutes

+  They can reproduce any way they like :  Hermaphroditism. Cloning. External fertilization. Self fertilization. Courtship and copulation. Fission. Fusion. Cannibalism

+  Even after they have gorged themselves they continue to collect and kill prey

+ If there is no food, they simply shrink until conditions improve

So enjoy the last of those anchovies, relish that tuna sushi, they aren’t going to be around for very long.



South African writer, crafter and all round animal lover
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