Monday, April 26, 2010

Cool winters could trigger bigger jelly fish blooms in summer

A large moon jelly (Aurelia aurita) [(c) 2006 T. Murdoch]

Research at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, my alma mater, indicates that jellyfish produce more young jellyfish during colder winters, and that this causes larger blooms of adult jellyfish in the summer. Bermuda had a particularly cold winter (NOAA water temperature graph), and perhaps this means Bermuda will have a particularly dense accumulation of moon jellies this summer.

You can read the article here - link