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Jellyfish surge in Mediterranean threatens environment – and tourists

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<The institute has detected a surge this spring in one of the most poisonous species, the mauve stinger or Pelagia noctiluca, along the coast of Catalonia and Valencia. "We have seen banks several kilometres long and with a density of 30 to 40 jellyfish per square metre," the institute's VerΓ³nica Fuentes told Spain's ABC newspaper. "The ones we have found this spring are particularly big."Piraino said at least 150,000 people were treated for jellyfish stings around the Mediterranean each summer.Global warming, overfishing and human intervention – especially breakwaters that protect sandy beaches but provide a home for larvae – are all blamed. As predators disappear, population surges are happening with greater frequency.


Not everyone is appalled by the gelatinous creatures and their stings. The Chinese have been eating them for 5,000 years and export some $20m worth each year. Chinese immigrants in Sicily have also begun to harvest them.


Scientists also point to at least one species of Mediterranean jellyfish – the fried egg jellyfish or Cotylorhiza tuberculata – as a potential source of raw materials for cancer treatments and antioxidants.>


A silver lining in (not) every jellyfish!

Cancer treatments?! Wow!


I had to check out the Fried Egg Jellyfish.Β  Aptly named!

Looks edible. Is it edible?

You really never know what you're gonna find.

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