photo by Amy Freitag
“Yikes! It’s a jellyfish, get out of the water!”
I can’t remember how many times I heard this shriek from my friends as a kid around the end of July, when loads of comb jellies washed ashore, the casualties of their massive breeding efforts. Like most kids with a good poking toe, however, I figured out that these jellies couldn’t hurt me. For a number of reasons, not all jellyfish equal a painful sting.
Furthermore, like many sea creatures, they are symbolic of a beautiful greater ecosystem at work but often lead to squeaks and squeals of fear rather than smiles of appreciation. I’ll go so far to say that jellyfish are a good candidate to be a charismatic creature of the sea.
Charlie has had quite and adventure these first few months. His journey began November 24, 2009 – the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin – by congratulating Kevin Zelnio on his outstanding Great Darwin Beard Challenge win:
Charlie and Me – 365 days of Darwin Read More
Charlie and bluegrass get a hankering for some gool ‘ol North Carolina loam.
Charlie hearts the Barnacles
Charlie gets reacquainted with his old books.
bluegrass and Charlie go check out the exhibit
Charlie enjoys Mega Sharks almost as much as Giant Octopuses
Who doesn’t love fossils?
Charlie is not sure what they mean by “backwards”