Coral Attacks Jellyfish!

Amazing new discovery in Israel! Near the city of Eilat in the Red Sea, scientists caught coral sucking in a large jellyfish. “During the survey we were amazed to notice some mushroom corals actively feeding on the moon jellyfish,” says Ada Alamaru, Tel Aviv University, Israel. This is extremely strange behavior for corals since their regular diet usually includes only microscopic organisms called zooplankton (tiny drifting animals). Some corals consume organic debris. This is the first time ever reported that coral is feeding on a large jellyfish. “In fact we saw a few corals feeding and not only one,” Ms Alamaru says. Scientists think that due to the climate change, jellyfish are over populating coral reefs and it seems that nature found a way to balance a large number of jellyfish. Ms Alamaru also suggests that ability to utilize a variety of food sources and to take advantage of such a bloom event gives the mushroom corals an advantage compared with other small polyped corals that are not able to feed on such large prey items.

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7 Comments on “Coral Attacks Jellyfish!”

  1. Wow that is amazing news! Our climate is truly going through a change. However, I do not believe that humans have that much impact. It could be a change in nature itself. It happened before, but it is disgusting to see the plastic bag on the coral reefs and trash like this photo:

  2. It did not mention that coral are on the endangered species list. It can also be the cause of why jellyfish numbers are up. disrupting the balance of nature. this will be interesting.

  3. Nature has its own way of balancing things. Once it notices that something is too much or becoming less already, it finds its own way, either to cut down or reproduce a certain specie. For me it’s one of nature’s secret or magic that humans can never explain. Or if there will even come a time that we will be able to explain such, there will always be bits and pieces that we will not be able to fit together no matter how.

  4. If Nature balances things out when there’s too little or too much, then explain why it’s letting billions of Humans live and kill Nature itself? Are we above nature?

  5. Bob Sagget wrote: #
    If Nature balances things out when there’s too little or too much, then explain why it’s letting billions of Humans live and kill Nature itself? Are we above nature?

    Yes I think so. We’re too advanced, we have too much technology. I don’t think nature expected us to become this way and use all natural resources (which were obviously there for some reason) but yes, I believe we’re above nature.

  6. Paris wrote: #

    Bob Sagget wrote: #
    If Nature balances things out when there’s too little or too much, then explain why it’s letting billions of Humans live and kill Nature itself? Are we above nature?

    Yes I think so. We’re too advanced, we have too much technology. I don’t think nature expected us to become this way and use all natural resources (which were obviously there for some reason) but yes, I believe we’re above nature.

    I believe not, nature is going to balance us out, see this global warming and stuff? It may seem like we are destroying nature, but these are going to kill us sooner or later. We are not above nature no matter how strong we are. (I’m not a religious person)

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