When the Ocean Gives You Jellyfish Blooms, Turn Them Into a Tasty Snack

Most of us think of jellyfish, when we think of jellyfish, as something to be avoided at the beach (or as the protagonists in that one episode of Friends).
Even marine biologists have historically cast aside these bothersome interlopers when conducting surveys of more “important” ocean species.

Most of us think of jellyfish, when we think of jellyfish, as something to be avoided at the beach (or as the protagonists in that one episode of Friends).

Even marine biologists have historically cast aside these bothersome interlopers when conducting surveys of more “important” ocean species.

But there is some evidence that climate change is causing a rise in jellyfish populations. And if that is true, it may soon become hard to ignore these creatures.

The scale of the problem is scientifically hard to gauge, as historical data is in short supply, and seasonal blooms are a natural part of jellyfish life cycle. But in localized situations, there is no question that large smacks of jellyfish can wreak havoc on things like fishing nets and nuclear power plants, where they’ve caused shutdowns by clogging the pipes that bring cool water into the facilities.

What to do? Open your mind and your mouth, says Mie Thorborg Pedersen, a gastrophysicist at the University of Southern Denmark.

Pedersen says it was “pure curiosity” that started her down a path of jellyfish culinary experimentation.

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