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|At a recent get-together of world experts, it was
asked what are the most significant areas of research, realisation
and significance in the oceans. The “jelly community”, consisting
of jellyfish, comb jellies, salps and siphonophores (relatives of
the Portuguese Man-O-War) was top of the list. Billions upon billions
of tons of jellies drift around the oceans and have done so more or
less unchanged for at least 600,000,000 years. The jellyfish are not
only important they are also large and beautiful. Vast swarms, at
times measuring hundreds of miles, can occur. One such swarm of many
billion individuals drifted lazily past Lizard Island Research Station
on the Great Barrier Reef, for ten weeks recently without cease!