2008
07.26

So its summer and its the time of year that I change from paste to brown almost overnight. It’s the time of year I wait for desperately from the second it ends. Mostly for the beach. And on that note I was patient this year as far as waiting for the water to warm up…

But when I got to the emptiest part of Brighton beach (and no I wont tell you where it is- its mine!!) I immediate dipped in the water to be surprised by what I hoped were dead jellyfish washing ashore. I considered it a side effect of the storm way off shore and let it rest. The next day I went back to find even MORE jellyfish.

WTF??? Where were they coming from and why are there so many? I mean there were jellyfish like I have never seen in my entire 23 years of life – except in Florida or after Hurricane Bob in 1992. Big domes with huge tentacles – really not the norm for where we are…

I brought this up to Christian and his reaction was something along the lines of brushing off. This irritated me. Fast forward. My Gramma calls me and tells me that in Newsday there’s an article about the sudden “bloom” of lion’s mane jellyfish in the Long Island Sound, the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and this is baffling long time beach goers and marine biologists – some say the water just got warm fast and there’s nothing to worry about, while others point to global warming and over fishing.

I stop thinking about it for a while until there’s a thing on the news about all these dead mussels washing up on a beach in Staten Island. This brought my train of thought to what if these things are related and global “climate change” (as remaining non-believers like to call it) has changed the syntax of the ocean and beaches as I know them…

(I have nothing else to say but cant think of a witty-punchy way to sign off so we’ll leave it at that)

  1. Eeek, I hate jellyfish. I got stung once when I was younger and have avoided them ever since. I don’t know how I would’ve reacted to seeing that many jellyfish floating around the shore, but I know I would have freaked out. There’s no doubt in my mind that global warming has something to do with it.

  2. Ewww jellyfish! I don’t like them very much, luckily we don’t have many in Holland, at least not at the beach where I go…