- Jeremy Hance writes about how jellyfish could come to dominate the world’s oceans
- Overfishing has removed fish from marine ecosystems at astounding rates, which has opened the door for jellyfish to take their place.
- Eutrophication is another human-caused change in the ocean that has likely contributed to jellyfish explosions.
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It could be a plot of a (bad) science-fiction film: a man-made disaster creates spawns of millions upon millions of jellyfish that rapidly take over the ocean. Humans, starving for mahi-mahi and Chilean seabass, turn to jellyfish, which becomes the new tuna (after the tuna fishery has collapsed, of course). Fish sticks become jelly sticks,…