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Friday, 18 June 2010

Climate anomalies

The discovery of hundreds of Lion's Mane Jellyfish along Cornwall's beaches is interesting for several reasons, one being that these large Jellies carry a sting capable of causing paralysis and death in humans. The second is that they are normally found much further north. Essentially they love cold water, hunt in cold water and would normally not migrate this far south.

So whay are they in the Gulf Stream around Cornwall and probably Southern Ireland?

It appears that our very cold winter has chilled the sea sufficiently for them to venture south, probably in pursuit of their normal food which also normally only occurs farther north. It may also be an indication that the Gulf Stream is running rather slower than usual. That in turn means that the "Atlantic Conveyor" is slowing down and that means ....

INvest in some REALLY warm winter woollies.

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