Despite the global proliferation of jellyfish in the world’s oceans, how many people know much – or anything at all – about jellyfish?

What are the names of the different types of jellyfish? How many are there? How many different types of jellyfish are there? What are the biggest jellyfish? What are the most poisonous jellyfish? How do they sting? How much do stings hurt? How do they eat, mate and move? Why are they gelatinous? How many tentacles do they have? What kind of venom do they produce? Are there any anti-venom salves? What is the best treatment for jellyfish stings? Are jellyfish related to Portuguese man o war or sea nettles? Where do people eat jellyfish for food?

Imagine if a colorfully dramatic box jellyfish exhibit, accompanied by pictures of stings endured by open water swimmers, was created by scientists and school districts around the world? Imagine if this portable exhibit was provided to teachers so that these creatures, their environments and life cycles could be explained in every classroom of school children?

Now that would be a fun and educational part of science class!

What a great way to inspire the next generation of citizens to appreciate these organisms and the pending disaster brewing in our oceans. Once the 5th graders of the world start to learn about these issues and how the world’s oceans are turning into a perfect storm for the jellyfish crowd, they will certainly get the attention of their parents to also know about this issue…and how the jellyfish are quietly dominating the marine environment.

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