West Coast Jellyfish Invasion

by | Apr 19, 2015 | Conservation, Fish, Science | 0 comments

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Millions of jellyfish are washing up on Washington and Oregon beaches. Velella Velella, also known as ‘sea-rafts’ due to their sail shaped fin, are all along the North West coast beaches right now. These bluish-purple jelly’s are rather beautiful to look at, but can scary to the average beach goer. Normally the winds keep these species from ending up on the beach. However, recent westerly winds have brought the jellyfish to the beaches. Luckily these jellyfish are harmless to humans, however, I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to step on one. MORE

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    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


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