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Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2013
brilliant! a must. eminently readable. if this doesn't open your eyes to what we're doing to the ocean nothing will. i found myself growing more and more fascinated with the alien world of jellyfish- and what their increasing impact on the world of humans forbodes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2013
Though I have not yet finished reading this book I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to receive the serious message it is making (and even those who don't). The author presents her case in language that is accessable considering that she is reporting a scientific study and does this with humour. I have heard the author inteviewed on radio and she made me laugh aloud without detracting from the message she is sending. I have to say that she has made me regard Jellyfish with awe and trepidation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2013
Lots of very interesting facts but also references to scientific papers and studies.
Great way to learn about those beasties with scientific evidence, but without all the boring aspects of scientific reports!
Style of writing is funny and not too complicated so anyone can read it really.
I haven't finished yet but i'm truly enjoying it so far.
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on 27 October 2014
Lisa-Ann Gershwin has written a book comparable to Silent Spring in its doom laden research and predictions. She painstakingly records and explains how the rise in jellyfish blooms is symptomatic of very serious degradations of marine environments all over the world and warns that the likelihood is that we will see increased crashing of species even when humans have not interfered. Her description of the crash of the Aleutian sea otter populations and of the fate of the Black Sea fish populations is seriously depressing. The ubiquity of the lion's mane jellyfish in the Yangtze River only three years after the celebrated damming of said river is another example of the catastrophic consequence of the natural environment of man's arrogance and ignorance. For some glimmer of hope. Checkout HOPE http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-... and then get writing and lobbying everyone you can to take action now.
Lisa-Ann's parting word of advice.... ADAPT.

How far global warming may be contributing to jellyfish blooms is perhaps a moot point. What really gets to me is that we have known about the perils of over-fishing and polluting our marine and sea shore environments for decades. Of grubbing up mangrove swamps and generally exploiting wildernesses. These are all things that CAN be changed but there has never been enough political will around the world to do it .

What is your response? Sit back and watch it happening shaking your head sadly and feeling sorry for the next generations? Or taking whatever action you can?
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on 1 August 2015
“Global warming science may be characterized by uncertainties”; in contrast, ocean “acidification is a straightforward and predictable consequence of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide”

“polar and subpolar surface waters are likely to begin dissolving the shells of pteropods and other creatures with aragonite shells by 2050 (Orr et al. 2005).”

“a “business-as-usual” scenario concluded pteropod shells in the Southern Ocean should begin dissolving by 2030, and no later than 2038 (McNeil and Matear 2008).”

Ocean acidification is ‘here and now’, clearly and easily measurable, and a direct reporter of the carbon dioxide level of the atmosphere. The science of gaseous absorption by water is unarguable, relatively well quantified and understood. Factors affecting temperature change, a mini ice age, light reflecting mirrors, or atmospheric sulphates even if truly viable which is doubtful, will not reduce ocean acidification.

To the chapter on ocean acidity, add; temperature change, pollution, eutrophication, overfishing, seabed damage, the rise of jellyfish . . . deep reefs can take 4000 years to build . . . marine system evolution has taken tens of thousands of years . . . there is no path back . . . I would highly commend ‘Stung !”; Lisa-ann Gershwin; readable understandable and very sobering.

Everybody should read this and soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2014
I am half way throughout this book,,, and I love it !!!! Cant put it down ! ,,,, It is so interesting and sad to learn what a dire environment we are helping turn our oceans into. I bought it merely bcause of my fear ( and wierd interest) in Jellyfish but this book tells a whole new story,,, Would recommend,,, One of the most interesting, informative books I have read
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on 15 January 2015
I'm sure this is an amazing book, and I should have read the blurb more thoroughly. Trouble is I thought it would have more illustrations and anatomical diagrams of the jellyfish themselves. Instead the book is more about the ecology of the ocean than an encyclopedia about jellyfish.
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on 24 January 2015
Great book and well written. Not the most uplifting read but if you are interested in the world around you it's informative and doesn't pull the punches.
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