Oct. 6, 2020

MCHH 227: Learning About The Box Jellyfish

MCHH 227: Learning About The Box Jellyfish

When you go to Cairns, Australia to study on the Great Barrier Reef, many students follow paths to study corals reefs. After all, they are studying the largest barrier reef in the world. However, Olivia Rowley decided that she would study a different...


When you go to Cairns, Australia to study on the Great Barrier Reef, many students follow paths to study corals reefs. After all, they are studying the largest barrier reef in the world. However, Olivia Rowley decided that she would study a different animal. One that is known to be quite dangerous in that part of the world (and no, it's not the crocodile). 

Libby decided she was going to study the Box Jellyfish. In this episode, she tells us how she catches samples (yes, she catches the Box Jellyfish with HER BARE HANDS!!!) and why it's important to study these animals. 

Tourism is a big deal in Cairns. There is an entire season where tourists don't go to visit because they can't swim due to the presence of Box Jellyfish. Libby's Ph.D. will try to determine when these animals are present and what conditions they like to help predict their presence and provide the tourism agencies with better information for beachgoers.  

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