Just read an article about the amazing number of Lion’s Mane Jellyfish appearing off the Maine coast. Apparently jellies are not that uncommon there most years, but this year most of the jelly reports are Lion’s Manes, and that’s definitely unusual.
The best reading that I’ve found so far is “Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and The Art of Growing a Backbone” by Juli Berwald. Juli’s journey from landlubber to jellyfish researcher and advocate is a thoughtful and insightful tale that’s a pleasure to read. It’s also thought provoking in a way that’s becoming increasingly necessary in the age of “spin”.
Juli takes you along in her search for answers about jellies, what we know about them, what we use them for, and what they do in their spare time. I was already a jelly fan, and this story has excited even more interest in the subject for me.
Image courtesy of Skeeze via Pixabay
When the book ended, I was left wanting more. More information, more anecdotes, more everything Jelly!
I loved the way the author takes the reader along on her travels involving her fascination with jellyfish, and the way her I understanding evolves into a holistic view of the sea and the planet. It’s long been my view that if we as a species continue to discount the value of our environment, our children will not thank us for the consequences that they’ll have to live with.
What do you think?
What are you doing about it?
I and my husband have purposefully fostered a deep and abiding love and concern for the planet and all its inhabitants in our kids. We encourage daily hikes, interaction with our farm animals and pets, and the whole practice of husbandry of our land and resources.
It doesn’t seen like enough…