Lots of annoying stings and many people who arrived for a nice beach day promptly left, taking their tourism dollars with them. The story may go deeper than that.
Although no one is saying this particular jellyfish bloom was caused by overfishing, pollution, and/or warmer ocean temperatures due to climate change, it is possible.
It's all about balance, a common mantra at Eco Ocean.
When you remove the jellyfish's chief predator -- fish -- from an area, the jellyfish have a field day and their numbers increase dramatically.
The rise of the jellyfish has been documented in many other places including the Black Sea, The Gulf of Mexico, and Sea of Japan. According to some scientists, this could be the wave of the future.
One more reason to support sustainable seafood and clean energy whenever and wherever possible.
Story from CNN.
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