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Can Jellyfish Mean Good News? Sea Turtle Update

Posted by Jody on November 27, 2011

Can jellyfish blooms mean good news?  Maybe not if you are a swimmer… but it you are a critically endangered Leatherback Sea Turtle, come and get it!

Leatherback Turtle by Haeckel (PD-US / Wikimedia Commons)

The Orlando Sentinal reports: Jellyfish may be helping leatherback sea turtles make a comeback, “It’s the annual bane of beachgoers: massive “blooms” of jellyfish. This past summer, when the blooms hit Volusia and Brevard counties, thousands of ocean swimmers felt their sting.

“But researchers say the very creatures that are such a nuisance to people could be fueling the comeback of one of Florida’s endangered species: the leatherback sea turtle.” Read more in the Orlando Sentinal article.

For more information on the Leatherback Sea Turtle, the Earth’s largest living sea turtle: Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles Feasting in British Waters

And for more on jellyfish: What Exactly is a Jellyfish Anyway?

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