Blooming jellies

Jellyfish and other gooey marine creatures are showing up in new places, and scientists are trying to discover why.

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 00:00 AM April 9, 2008

Forget snowball fights. Imagine throwing globs of jellyfish at your friends. In some Middle Eastern countries kids have been known to toss jellyfish bits at each other when the gooey creatures wash up on the beach. Like an icy snowball, touching a jellyfish can numb your skin. The numbness comes from special stinging cells. Jellyfish use these stinging cells to stun their dinner or defend against attackers.

A jellyfish's stinging cells can give you a rash and can even make you very sick. Bu...

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