Massive jellyfish blooms appear to be increasing in frequency well beyond their natural cycles, thanks to a changing climate and more acidic seas. Not only does this make things risky for beach goers, but their swarms are capable of clogging up the works of anything mechanical, up to and including including power plants. In fact, it's often our own offshore wind farms and oil and gas platforms that provide a perfect breeding ground for gelatinous outbreaks.
But what do you care, as long as you can waddle out into the surf and do your doggy paddle routine? Well, numerous swimming locations had to be closed down in Australia this year because of bluebottle jellyfish driven to shore by unusually strong winds and warm weather. And aside from Australia, where being envenomed regularly is part of everyday life, Florida also recorded 1,000 victims of venomous blooms.
So what's the solution to this slimy invertebrate incursion? Well according to European scientists, that's easy: Eat them.