August 28, 2012

Jellyfish: Food, Pets, Glut & Threats



When I posted Jellyfish Sting Wallis Sands Beach Visitors on August 2, 2010, I didn’t expect any great amount of interest in it, at least, not much more than any other post.

I’d written the piece for two reasons. First, I was intrigued that a dead jellyfish could sting a hundred persons. Second, the event happened on the beach where I played as a child, Wallis Sands in Rye, New Hampshire.

Interestingly, this post, visited frequently, is fast becoming the most visited item on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS.

Why? I turned to my trusty, rusty, old computer to surf the Internet, seeking an answer.


One evening my husband Monte and I were eating at a local Chinese restaurant. A family-style dinner party was happening in a side room. One of their dishes was jellyfish.


Yes, jellyfish—they find their way to the dinner table of many Chinese and other Asians…(they have) been eaten by ethnic Chinese for centuries, in China and elsewhere.1.

One Malaysian calls jellyfish her happy meal. Another woman relates that jellyfish is a part of the first dish of a ten-course Chinese dinner on happy occasions—Chinese New Year, weddings, etc.1

Exotic food enthusiast Eddie Lin says in his book Extreme Cuisine that jellyfish could be the “food solution” in a world of environmental concerns such as over-fishing and global warming. Also, because jellyfish is 80 per cent collagen, it is good for treating arthritis, bronchitis and lowering blood pressure, he claims.1

Okay, okay. Jelllyfish are a food source, and may be a partial answer to food shortages. However, I don’t, cannot, believe that jellyfish as a food has caused such an interest in my post.


It’s been a couple of years since our family pet, Honey, died. Since then we haven’t chosen to take on another pet. We want to be free to travel without the hastle of planning pet care.

Surfing the Internet produced a surprise: trendy Tokyo residents have taken on jellyfish as pets. Is this an (more…)

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