Jellyfish Strangely Absent off Long Island

A Lion's mane jelly. Photo by Dan Hershman/Wikimedia

The Suffolk Times: If someone pens a folk song about the Peconic Bay estuary this summer it could be titled, “Where have all the jellyfish gone?”

And the answer is, nobody knows.

While jellyfish large and small are usually the bane of bathers’ and boaters’ existence in mid-August, there have been few sightings of the gelatinous zooplankton in either the bays or Long Island Sound. That holds true for the large red lion’s mane jellies and the smaller milky-white sea nettles, the species seen most often in local waters.

Marine scientists can only guess why.

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