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Here’s the real story on jellyfish taking over the world

‘Spineless’ searches for the truth about these enigmatic creatures

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12:18pm, October 30, 2017
lion's mane jellyfish

UNDER THE SEA  The new book Spineless explores the fascinating world of jellyfish (lion’s mane jellyfish, shown).

Spineless
Juli Berwald
Riverhead Books, $27

Jellyfish have gotten a bad rap. In recent years, concerns about rising jellyfish populations in some parts of the world have mushroomed into headlines like “Meet your new jellyfish overlords.” These floating menaces are taking over the world’s oceans thanks to climate change and ocean acidification, the thinking goes, and soon waters will be filled with little more than the animals’ pulsating goo.

It’s a vivid and frightening image, but researchers aren’t at all certain that it’s true. In her new book, Spineless, former marine scientist Juli Berwald sets out to find the truth about the jellyfish take-over. In the process, she

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