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Cockroaches of the Sea

December 18, 2008 -- The National Science Foundation has released a special report, rather provocatively titled, "Jellyfish Gone Wild," that details the causes and effects of the growing swarms of jellyfish in the world's oceans.

Dubbed the "cockroaches of the sea," jellyfish are some of the only creatures that can survive in the world's 400 oxygen-starved Dead Zones. They're admirable, in my opinion, and can be quite beautiful. The only problem is, they are also a bellwether for the decline of the sea. Read the full story to get the details.

"But here's something I didn't know: Jellyfish swarms do real damage, and not just to your little sister's sensitive skin. They are clogging the pipes of power plants. In the Philippines in 1999, jellyfish clogged the intake pipes of a power plant, sending 40 million people into darkness and sparking rumors of a coup d'etat."

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