224 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps
The most ancient multi-organ life form on the planet, jellyfish have drifted in our oceans for at least 500 million years. The impressive adaptability of these gelatinous beauties continues to fascinate us; jellyfish populations are flourishing in our increasingly warm and toxic oceans. Today they can be found in every marine environment in the world, at every depth, in a remarkable variety of forms and numbering around 4,000 different species.
Packed with stunning photographs, this book examines the anatomy, taxonomy, behaviour, ecology and lifecycles of these incredible creatures and profiles of fifty of the most notable and intriguing – from the tiny Immortal Jellyfish to the enormous Nomura's Giant Jellyfish.
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Lisa-ann Gershwin (Tasmania, AUS) is director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1998 for her studies on jellyfish blooms and evolution. She has discovered over 190 new jellyfish species, as well as a new species of dolphin. Lisa-ann is the author of Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and Future of the Ocean published by University of Chicago Press in 2013.