Toxic Jellyfish More Common on Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard Times: Gonionemus vertens, known as the “clinging jellyfish” or the “clinger”—a dangerous, toxic species—has been confirmed to be living in Edgartown Great Pond, according to Emily Reddington, director of science and education at the Great Pond Foundation.

Two sightings of the clinger occurred off the town landing in Edgartown, according to a report from the Great Pond Foundation.

The Times wrote about the clingers last year, which have been reported in Sengekontacket Pond, Farm Pond, Lake Tashmoo, Stonewall Pond, and Squibnocket Pond, but their recent movement has been cause for alarm for marine scientists.

“It’s become clear to us it’s becoming so abundant that they are tending to move out of eelgrass areas to rest and hang on to something else, such as docks, boats, and oyster aquaculture,” Mary Carman, a research specialist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), told The Times.

 

Read more about the toxic clinger jellyfish that are becoming more common in New England.