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Giant Jellies Invade Gulf Of Mexico Threatening Shrimp Fishery

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August 16, 2000
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National Sea Grant College Program
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Giant "jellies" - up to two feet in diameter - have taken up residence in the northern Gulf of Mexico causing swimmers and fishermen to do a double take when they first spy them.

Giant "jellies" - up to two feet in diameter - have taken up residence in the northern Gulf of Mexico causing swimmers and fishermen to do a double take when they first spy them. Known as the "Spotted Jellyfish," these creatures don't threaten swimmers because their sting is mild compared to native jellyfish like the Sea Nettle. However, the jellies' threat to the area's ecosystems is yet to be determined. Similar alien jellyfish have caused major disruptions in marine fisheries in Europe - in some cases driving out other marine life.


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National Sea Grant College Program. "Giant Jellies Invade Gulf Of Mexico Threatening Shrimp Fishery." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 August 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/08/000811062654.htm>.
National Sea Grant College Program. (2000, August 16). Giant Jellies Invade Gulf Of Mexico Threatening Shrimp Fishery. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/08/000811062654.htm
National Sea Grant College Program. "Giant Jellies Invade Gulf Of Mexico Threatening Shrimp Fishery." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/08/000811062654.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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