One of the most interesting parts of the world is the sea purely on the basis that without building submarines or diving we have no real way of going underwater for any prolonged length of time. Another big part of the fascination with the water is the amount that we don’t know about what is actually down there!
Jellyfish are one of the strangest anomalies on the planet. Unless actually attacked and killed, they are technically immortal – they don’t have any aging process like anything else on this planet. They are also a species which we have very little collective knowledge over. Thankfully, the University of Southampton have helped lead an international study which has been the foundation of the worlds very first jellyfish database record.
With over 500,000 items in the database at the moment, you can find out all the information out there on these life forms at the moment. Completely open access for researchers and enthusiasts alike, this makes it one of the most exciting and transparent scientific breakthroughs into marine life in recent years.
The reason that this happened was because there was a significant lack of knowledge into the impact of jellyfish and how the changes to the rest of the ocean were having on these creatures. As well as this, we have a significant lack of information on the bio-mass of a jellyfish and because they are so unique it is hard to compare what information we have.
By taking information on the biomass of jellyfish found down to 200m in the ocean, significant research was undertaken to find out the changes and attributes about jellyfish. With the introduction of the Jellyfish Database Initiative, or JeDI, anybody can go online and find out information and facts about one of the strangest creatures on the planet.
The research also showed that there seems to be densest population of jellyfish in the North Atlantic Ocean due to the dissolved oxygen and comfortable sea temperature being favourable places to inhabit for jellyfish. So, now we have the chance to find out more about jellyfish as a whole through a comprehensive database put together by marine life experts, what will the future hold for us when trying to learn about the other gelatinous inhabitants of the ocean?