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The Mysterious Lives of Jellyfish

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A jellyfish on the beach in Bolinas, Calfornia. (Photo: Samatha Erickson/Wikimedia)

Depending on your point of view, jellyfish are either a threat, a thing of beauty or an unimpressive sac of goo. Juli Berwald fills in our otherwise transparent picture of jellyfish and their mysterious ways in her new book, “Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone.” Among jellyfish’s notable traits: they can age both forward and backward and they produce some of the world’s deadliest toxins. Tell us — what have you always wanted to know about jellyfish?

Dr. Juli Berwald,
author, “Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone”


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