Ocean: The bad news

A new book, "Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean," along with a study by scientists for the United Nations, report that jellyfish populations are way up, along with the number of jellyfish "blooms," leading to worsened fishing conditions and many painful interactions between swimmers and jellyfish. The dramatic increase was attributed to overfishing -- some fish are predators of the jellyfish -- and warmer ocean temperatures.<br><br>

Above: Dead jellyfish. <br><br>

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A new book, "Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean," along with a study by scientists for the United Nations, report that jellyfish populations are way up, along with the number of jellyfish "blooms," leading to worsened fishing conditions and many painful interactions between swimmers and jellyfish. The dramatic increase was attributed to overfishing -- some fish are predators of the jellyfish -- and warmer ocean temperatures.

Above: Dead jellyfish.

MORE YEAR IN REVIEW:
Ted Rall's five best cartoons of 2013
Washington's 5 biggest 'fails' of 2013
10 tips for a better life from The Times' Op-Ed pages in 2013

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