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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Jellyfish's Baby

"The mystery of life is not concealed in the higher animals. It is concealed in the root. And at the root of the Tree of Life is the jellyfish."

In an interesting, and then bizarre and lovely, long-read for the New York Times Magazine, Nathaniel Rich considers the immortal jellyfish (not pictured) and the people who study it, including Dr. Shin Kubota, a.k.a. Mr. Immortal Jellyfish Man, quoted above.

The story also vaguely suggests that the immortal jellyfish is what remains of someone or something that traded its soul to the devil. Related: Deals With the Devil in Popular Culture.



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Neve Garrett

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Jellyfish 4-ever!

SarahP

@Natalie Eve LITERALLY forever!

SarahP

JELLIES!!! Yesssssssss

Heat Signature

Jellyfish are immortal, much like Whitney Cummings' career it seems.

Miss Maszkerádi

...did anyone else ever play Sim Earth back in the 90s? It was sort of like first-generation SimCity only you were in charge of an entire ecosystem. It was kind of strange, one of the things I remember most clearly was the time I accidentally built a technologically advanced civilization of sentient jellyfish.

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@Countess Maritza OH MAN. I totally forgot about that game! It was one of my favorites.

Miss Maszkerádi

@klaus And that weird flute-y soundtrack that was probably trying to sound all earthy and tribal, but just sounded like really bad mid-90s MIDI! And the way the cities all took off for outer space when you finished the "Nanotech Age"! I am flashing back so hard!

j-i-a

"The largest known specimen of the giant Lion's Mane jellyfish was found washed up on the shore of Massachusetts Bay in 1870, had a bell diameter of 2.5m, a weight of 150 kg (330 lb). The tentacles of this specimens were as long as 37 m (121 ft) and were projected to have a tentacular spread of about 75 m (246 ft)." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Largest_organisms)

I LOVE JELLYFISH

j-i-a

@Reginal T. Squirge "Have a tentacular Christmas, everyone!" is going to be my holiday card with my face photoshopped on top of the 330-lb Massachussetts jellyfish

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Immortal jellyfish sound amazing and I can't wait to read the article, but I just had to say OMG MOON JELLYFISH (pictured). When I win the lottery I will buy a giant aquarium and fill it with moon jellyfish.

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WOAH THIS JELLYFISH EXPANDS AND CONTRACTS LIKE THE UNIVERSE.

THE UNIVERSE.

annebee

With the disappearance of sharks and other large marine predators, jellyfish are taking over the oceans. I ate some jellyfish at a traditional Chinese wedding this summer and it was alright. I had seconds and I feel ok about a future jellyfish based diet.

Pyxis

@annebee How was it prepared? When I was a kid I believed that jelly came from ground up jellyfish.

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