Jellyfish Have Swimming Superpowers

January 24, 2015 8:10 AM

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According to a new study published in the journal Current Biology, jellyfish have some special abilities previously unknown. In a report titled “Current-oriented swimming by jellyfish and its role in bloom maintenance”, the authors note that contrary to popular belief, jellyfish detect ocean currents and sometimes swim against it and are not just drifters.

Dr. Sylvie Vandenabeele, Dr. Sabrina Fossette and Dr. Graeme Hays, a professor at Deakin University’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences in Australia reported that free-ranging barrel-jellyfish are “incredibly advanced in their orientation abilities.” Hays said: “Most people who have spent ti...

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