Jellyfish bloom in spring when winter ‘timer’ dings
By Ashley Yeager, 11:59 AM January 16, 2014
In the spring, moon jellyfish emerge all at once, as if blooming like flowers.
The coordinated appearance of the adult form of the animal (Aurelia aurita) is a result of a temperature-sensitive protein that acts as a "timer." The timer, set off by colder water temperatures, triggers the beginning of the jellyfish metamorphosis, scientists report January 16 in Current Biology.
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