Today is my birthday and I've chosen these Polka Dot jellies to be my card to me.
They have no brain, blood, bones, or heart. They are 95% seawater. They are beautiful and many people fear them. It's that other 5%... Their tentacles are loaded with stinging cells which, when stimulated can shoot out like a harpoon to stun their prey, then draw it back in for a meal. With the warming of the oceans the jelly fish aren't endangered, just the opposite; they are actually increasing in numbers. They have negatively impacted coastal industries, including fishing, and when they arrive in large numbers at popular beaches they can drive people away. So, what can we do to help? One thing would be to think more about how we buy our food. Is it local? Is it in season? Check the label and see where your food comes from. Your food really shouldn't be logging more air miles than you do. Read Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and when you go to buy your vegetables for the week, use a reusable bag. m & v