Thursday, February 11, 2016

Happy 4th Weekend and here are your really big weird Jellyfish

Here are some photos of some really weird prehistoric looking jellyfish washed up this afternoon on the beach in Ventnor. They look like moon Jellyfish. I've never seen them before on the beach here.

Happy 4th Weekend and here are your really big weird Jellyfish

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Well, it's July, the first of FIVE July weekends this year, something that hasn't happened in more than 8-- years. Yippee! And the water's warm! And the jellyfish are running. As the little boy said to me as he passed me on his way from the beach, "THERE ARE THESE REALLY BIG WHITE JELLYFISH ON THE BEACH!" So weird, he had to tell someone, anyone. But he was right:

That was a relatively small one, about the size of a coffee saucer. The others I saw were big momma dinner plate, full moon weirdness. Or, as my sister-in-law, a midwife, said, "Very placenta-like."

 

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The water has been unusually warm for the last month or so, which tends to bring out the jellyfish. Biut it's all so early. Jellyfish are usually a late summer phenomenon. Awfully early for so much weirdness. What do we call this one the lung jellyfish? The buttocks Jellyfish? 

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Once more, with feeling. Be gone, strange weird jellyfish. The water's warm, and we want to swim and frolick on our fourth of July without worrying about freaky jellyfish. Here is a little video of the fish.

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Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

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