Sunday, July 27, 2014



We live under the threat of total devastation and the apocalypse purveyors are quick to describe how we all will demise – except themselves, who are constantly preparing for the great survival.

We have the nuclear apocalypse; the asteroid apocalypse; the global warming apocalypse; the pandemic apocalypse; the zombie apocalypse; and of course the God apocalypse (God so loves the world the He kills everybody – except the chosen few.)

Now, according to MotherJones we need to worry about the Jellyfish Apocalypse.   It seems that ocean warming along with overfishing (decreasing the natural predators of jellyfish) has caused a jellyfish population explosion and an expansion of jellyfish range and habitation. 

This increase has been startlingly visible throughout the Mediterranean and around Australia and the southern Pacific region. In Sweden jellyfish blocked the cooling ducts of a nuclear plant caused a shut down and in Israel jellyfish caused a problem at a coal fired plant; and even more appalling jellyfish have caused the closure of beaches throughout the Mediterranean resulting in loss of tourist revenue. 

It is estimated that world wide there are 150 million people stung by jellyfish each year: 500,000 in the Chesapeake Bay area and over 200,000 off the coast of Florida.   

There are very few fatalities from jellyfish stings though an encounter can be painful.   The box jellyfish found around Australia and the Philippians is considered deadly and a sting usually results in death within a few minutes. 

Jellyfish population encroachment has not posed a problem in North America at this time, but as ocean waters warm …

The solution seems pretty obvious to me: increase predation.   Perhaps peanut butter and jelly fish sandwiches.

You have been warned!

the Ol’Buzzard


  1. Peanut butter and jellyfish sandwiches, eh? LOL!

    And just to let you know, Old Buzzard, I've started reading that book you recommended a while ago on your blog -- "Fool" by Christopher Moore. It's hilarious and I'm loving it!

  2. I spent many summers swimming in the Delaware Bay as a kid. I'd usually get stung a couple of times a summer, but after an hour or two I would be fine. Applying wet sand to the sting seemed to help. Of course these were not the ferocious jellyfish that will come during the apocalypse.

  3. Could scientists create a peanut butter fish? I noticed a comment of yours on Debra She Who Seeks and browsed over here.
    I was strung years ago in South Carolina by a jelly fish. A paste of Vaseline and meat tenderizer relieves the pain. I ended-up with left over so we had tender steaks that night. Don't recall what happened to the Vaseline.
    Great blog.


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