Jellyfish may seem like they don't serve a purpose in the ocean, however they are important for the ecosystem as a whole. They feed off of bacteria and very small and seemingly useless prey but they keep the ecosystems balanced. The low demand for jellyfish, from humans and other predators in the ocean, causes the number of jellyfish to skyrocket.
The picture above shows what happens throughout dozens of areas in the ocean. This is called a jellyfish bloom. These blooms are actually man-made because these creatures strive in places where they don't belong or have any natural predators and jellyfish often move around from issues like climate change.
This infographic talks about not only the interesting facts about jellyfish, but the important things too like their inner biology and their survival tactics. To understand why jellyfish are increasing in population you must also know their background. For example, its important to note the types of predators or marine life who eat jellyfish because that's how ecosystems reach true balance.
The population of jellyfish seems to be increasing more than decreasing, other than in South America. Jellyfish have been around for many years and they are found on all coasts even if their populations are going down. However, in many areas the populations are increasing and its important to look at those areas in and analyze how the humans around that area, take care of their ecosystems.
In this website, jellyfish are on the rise and humans are taking matters into their own hands to try and fix this problem. A new food called jellyfish chips are available and fairly healthy as well. Not to mention the fact that jellyfish are low maintenance and don't require much work or effort to cook.
Many scientists haven't put in a lot of research into this species until recent numbers have been increasing. Jellyfish also can clog saltwater pipes and other water transportation systems. If something isn't done to stop these crazy fast growing populations then the ocean might become severely impacted.
Summary- Jellyfish are dangerous creatures not only to humans but for ecosystems as well. In some countries jellyfish is a treat and because of their overpopulation, this might not be a bad idea in the US either. With the new and improved technique for cooking jellyfish they might actually be good. Sustainability- Even though it sounds or looks disgusting, eating jellyfish is highly sustainable. During the times when jellyfish populations flourish, the one thing humans could do is help decrease the population for once. Jellyfish are repopulating constantly and its actually considered to be a delicacy in some areas of the world. Causes & Connections- There are jellyfish in every ocean which means that jellyfish blooms happen often and eating them would cause their population to stay consistent. Like many other areas of the world, the US certainly could start eating these as well. With the right seasoning and spices it might not be so bad.
Summary- Jellyfish are 95% water, which would make you think they would be easy targets but its actually the opposite. Some species of jellyfish can become stronger after every injury and all jellyfish can survive in dead zones, making them close to immortal. Since jellyfish are so hard to get rid of it makes their populations increase rapidly. Sustainability- It is very unsustainable for jellyfish to increase this rapidly without a solution or something being done about it. Many fish can't eat jellyfish without being stung or harmed. If the fish can't stomach the jellyfish than it might take humans to solve the problem. Causes & Connections- Since humans are the true predators of the sea that means the least we could do is balance out species populations. Unlike many other animals that humans have put extinct, this one is overpopulated. The causes of unbalanced ecosystems, especially in the ocean will affect many more aquatic life and people will regret not solving this problem earlier.
Climate change is very important for the ocean habitat. Some places, like Norway for example, have put much more money and time into the understanding of the ocean and they are better off. The oceans value is increasing rapidly, so we should take care of it before it's too late.
Not only do jellyfish "chips" take less energy to create than meat, but they are also very nutritious due to their low calorie intake and high iron and magnesium quality. Since these fish are overpopulated, people might as well use this to their advantage. Many countries already do this, and it's not too late for other places to try it too.
Jellyfish have been increasing due to many human errors like climate change, extinction of top predators, and just neglect to the ocean in general. Although humans have messed up the ocean, its not final. Introducing jellyfish to restaurant menus may not go over well at first but as it becomes more socially acceptable, people could balance out these populations for good. If you ever get the chance, try some jellyfish chips or something, they might be good.