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3:30pm, October 3, 2014

In defense of jellies

Jellyfish may not be as lovable as some other animals, but they do more for their ecosystems than most people realize. Susan Milius explained that gelatinous creatures provide food for some ocean dwellers, homes for others and more in “Seeing past the jellyfish sting” (SN: 9/6/14, p. 16).

Scientists wrote in to show support for often-maligned jellyfish. Evolu-tionary biologist Casey Dunn of Brown University in Providence, R.I., has frequently been frustrated by what he calls “Jellies are scary” articles, which treat gelatinous animals as a sign of unhealthy ecosystems. “Your article shows that there is no reason to resort to fear tactics to

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