Subtitled: No One Ever Suspects The Jellyfish.
Many years ago, I was in Boston walking across one of the bridges. If you looked down to the water below, you’d see a very large population of jellyfish hanging out in the shadows of the bridge. It was kind of beautiful. Various sized blobs of goo pulsating in the water. Lately, that beauty has turned into horror.
It turns out that jellyfishification is totally a thing! Our oceans have been getting much warmer and much more acidic than is good for the biome. Coral reefs for example are experiencing a massive die off because of it. One sea animal is totally fine with it. The jellyfish! The conditions have caused a population explosion of jellyfish to occur around the world. The scale of this explosion is massive beyond belief. The phrase ‘breeding like rabbits’ may need to be replaced with ‘breeding like jellyfish’. Jellyfish are taking over the world! Prime beaches have had to be closed. Ships are getting disabled from traversing jellyfish blooms. Fisheries are reporting losing entire catches because of scooping up thousands of pounds of jellyfish.
This is the stuff or horror movies, folks. It is very possible that we could be looking at the extinction of fish (and mammals) and the oceans reverting to a time long ago when simple animals were the only occupants. It may get to the point where it is unsafe to swim anywhere in any ocean.
There is one tiny, tiny bright side to this. Jellyfish are edible. I hope you like them because you may be eating a lot of them. Jellyfish is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, jellyfish-kabobs, jellyfish creole, jellyfish gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple jellyfish, lemon jellyfish, coconut jellyfish, pepper jellyfish, jellyfish soup, jellyfish stew, jellyfish salad, jellyfish and potatoes, jellyfish burger, jellyfish sandwich. That- that’s about it.