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  • Mark Albanese
    Found this in the October, 2000 Scientific American: SEA OF TROUBLES Giant aliens have been spotted in the northern Gulf of Mexico. An Australian native
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2000
      Found this in the October, 2000 Scientific American:


      SEA OF TROUBLES

      Giant aliens have been spotted in the northern Gulf of Mexico. An
      Australian native normally six to eight inches across, the spotted
      jellyfish ( 'Phyllorhiza punctata' ) is reaching diameters of two feet,
      aparently by feeding in the algae-rich waters of the Mississippi Sound.
      They may threaten the local shrimp industry-the second most valuable
      fishery in the U.S., behind that for Alaskan Salmon.

      The crucial questions are whether the creatures will survive the winter and
      if they'll turn their attention to shrimp eggs and larvae. If they do,
      "Their effect on the Gulf's environment and commercial fisheries could be
      one of the area's biggest problems next year." say Monty Graham of the
      Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, a group made up of eight local
      universities and research facilities.

      FYI,

      Mark
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