Jellyfish are such fragile sea creatures. The slightest impact may cause significant damage and even possible death to a jellyfish and it is not unusual to see a couple of dead jellyfish on the shores of the beach when going for a nice stroll along the sand. Just what effects does the presence of these deceased gelatinous creatures have on Mother Nature though? Despite what may be popular belief, a jellyfish dying does not mean it is no longer capable of stinging those who come into contact with it. 

There are times such as when there have been rough sea conditions due to stormy weather that jellyfish become stranded and die in mass amounts on the shores. There area unit several animals that area unit curious in nature and would be quite intrigued at such a web site. It comes as no real surprise that these animals would come up for a much closer look, animals such as dogs and some birds would more than likely accidently touch these dead marine creatures whilst inspecting them and would consequently be stung. 

Whilst stings to humans from the majority of jellyfish causes us nothing more than some slight pain and irritation, these seemingly harmless stings could have a much greater affect on animals and may even prove to be fatal. When the bodies aren't removed they will simply be taken back out into the water with the tides which will then have more impact because these dead jellyfish in the waters will sting other sea creatures which come into contact with them and will possibly kill them also. 

With an increase in the amount of jellyfish corpses in the waters it may also cause an increase in the numbers of other more predatory sea creatures in the water such as sharks. These creatures will come in with the intention to feed, the more dead jellyfish there are, the less jellyfish are taking up the waters, the less jellyfish taking up the waters means there will be a higher concentration of other marine creatures such as fish which are high up on the sharks menu. 

Another disturbing fact about dead jellyfish washing ashore is the simple fact that after being on the shore deceased for a few hours they will begin to smell rather offensive, and when you consider the incident of a mass stranding then the resulting smell could be almost overbearing. The smell of rotting corpses, although not very appealing to us, may in fact be very appealing to other predatory mammals on the land such as dingos and other wild creatures and the may be attracted to the area by the scent which will make it more dangerous for humans participating in activities in the area. 

With some very dangerous jellyfish species being as small as your little fingernail, it is a scary thought to think of how easy it would be to inadvertently walk onto twenty or more corpses with just one footstep, knowing that these creatures can still sting after death, this could pose a very large threat to the lives and health of people on the beach. For more information about jellyfish and their lives please visit our Jellyfish Safety Section. 
Normen FAdel
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