Jellyfish History











For many years jellyfish have been studied closely by biologists and the curios at heart alike. It is not hard to imagine that in the early days these creatures would have drawn plenty of attention to themselves as they look very much different than most other marine creatures. They have no scales, no fins and can come in an array of captivatingly beautiful colors. 

In October 2007 scientists discovered jellyfish fossils which pushed back the original date of jellyfish existence on earth by approximately another 205 million years. Finding jellyfish fossils is especially exciting as they do not have any bones to leave behind, the fossils are very distinct imprints of the bell and tentacles and sometimes even the beak and gonads pressed and preserved perfectly in stone. Even today there are constantly new species of jellyfish being discovered in the waters from all over the world. From giant to little, deep ocean dwellers and within the regular depths, the jellyfish population is ever increasing.

In the year 2004, researchers were both shocked and excited to discover 3 new species of jellyfish from the Irukandji family. One species was discovered in Australia in the state of Western Australia in waters off of the coast of Broome. This particular jellyfish was described as being one of the world's most poisonous creatures both in and out of the water. In the same year a breeding program had also been developed for these jellyfish which was a world first. 

In the year 1952 Irukandji syndrome which is what you are afflicted with if stung by certain jellyfish, was described for the first time by a man by the name of Hugo Flecker. Hugo Flecker was a radiologist in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. He described after about 1 hour or less patients who had been stung became quite ill with vomiting, back and extremity pain and chest pain with perspiration also. In 1964 Dr Jack Barnes decided that he would prove that these tiny jellyfish were in fact the cause for the illness and deaths which had been witnessed. In order to prove this Dr Barnes proceeded to capture the tiny jellyfish specimen and so injured not solely himself however additionally his son and a close-by attendant.

In recent times scientist have been able to reproduce the glowing effect which has been seen in some species of jellyfish. There are many jellyfish throughout the world, may which have yet to be discovered and through time there will always be a need to study them. Not only do we study jellyfish because of their pure alluring beauty with such bold and enchanting colors and movements but also in order to understand them better. In order to learn which jellyfish species are capable of stinging with fatal consequences and which ones are not there is much more research to be done. It is also hoped that the more these gelatinous sea creatures are researched the faster we will be able to find a cure to their sting, one which is more certain to save lives. 
Normen FAdel
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