Science Made Public at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

History and Ecology of Clinging Jellyfish in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean Annette Govindarajan, Research Specialist, Biology Clinging jellyfish (Gonionemus) are small jellyfish—adults are typically less than 1 inch in diameter—that are sometimes known deliver painful stings. They are native to the North Pacific, including the Sea of Japan and were first noticed on the U.S. East Coast (including Cape Cod) in the late 1800s, where they were thought to be harmless. About 100 years later, the first severe stings associated with clinging jellyfish in the Northwest Atlantic occurred on Cape Cod, suggesting that a new, more toxic strain had been introduced. Learn about how they may have arrived at our shores, their life cycle and habits, and whether or not you should be worried about them at the beach.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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