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    Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean (Hardback) By (author) Lisa-ann Gershwin, Foreword by Sylvia A. Earle

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    DescriptionOur oceans are becoming increasingly inhospitable to life - growing toxicity and rising temperatures coupled with overfishing have led many marine species to the brink of collapse. And yet there is one creature that is thriving in this seasick environment: the beautiful, dangerous, and now incredibly numerous jellyfish. As foremost jellyfish expert Lisa-ann Gershwin describes in "Stung!", the jellyfish population bloom is highly indicative of the tragic state of the world's ocean waters, while also revealing the incredible tenacity of these remarkable creatures. Recent documentaries about swarms of jellyfish invading Japanese fishing grounds and headlines about armadas of stinging jellyfish in the Chesapeake are only the beginning - jellyfish are truly taking over the oceans. Despite their often dazzling appearance, jellyfish are simple creatures with simple needs: namely, fewer predators and competitors, warmer waters to encourage rapid growth, and more places for their larvae to settle and grow. In general, oceans that are less favorable to fish are more favorable to jellyfish, and these are the very conditions that we are creating worldwide. Despite their role as harbingers of marine destruction, jellyfish are enthralling creatures in their own right, and in "Stung!", Gershwin tells stories of jellyfish while illuminating many facts about their behaviors and environmental adaptations. She takes readers back to the Proterozoic era, when jellyfish were the top predator in the marine ecosystem and she explores the role jellies have as middlemen of destruction, moving swiftly into vulnerable ecosystems. The story of the jellyfish, as Gershwin makes clear, is also the story of the world's oceans, and "Stung!" provides a unique and urgent look at their inseparable histories-and future.

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    On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lisa-ann Gershwin, Foreword by Sylvia A. Earle
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 753 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226020105
    ISBN 10: 022602010X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.9T
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14280
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Libri: I-NA
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ECOLGY
    BISAC V2.8: NAT020000
    BIC subject category V2: PSPM
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: PSVT
    BISAC V2.8: NAT025000, SCI039000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI020000
    B&T Approval Code: A60843668
    DC22: 593.5/3, 593.53
    DC23: 577.7
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: QL377.S4 G47 2013
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: RBKC, PSAF, PSVA, PSPM
    Illustrations note
    16 colour plates, 1 halftone, 4 tables
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    10 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Lisa-ann Gershwin is director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services. She was awarded a Fulbright in 1998 for her studies on jellyfish blooms and evolution, and since that time she has discovered over 150 new species.
    Review quote
    "Read this book! You know that the oceans are in trouble, but this is the most comprehensive and clear explanation of why. Stung! is more than just a book about jellyfish; it is undoubtedly one of the best books detailing the stresses on our ocean ecosystems. It is a much-needed and spectacular achievement." -Paul Dayton, Scripps Institution of Oceanography"