In Defense of Jellyfish

Welcome to my defense of jellyfish, which I feel is needed because so many people view them as ‘bad’. I’m especially prompted to write this by reading how someone in particular 'hates' jellyfish “because they sting.”4 good reasons Jellyfish aren’t that bad:They don’t typically slow traffic.Jellyfish never wait for you in a dark alley with evil intent.Not one jellyfish has ever stolen a car.Jellyfish only sting you if you touch them.Reasons people dislike jellyfish:If you swim up to them and prod at them you will get stung.Putting it into perspective:If you swim up to me and start randomly prodding at me I will ALSO hurt you.With the above said, you can still sting yourself on a jellyfish if you aren’t careful. It isn’t trying to sting you; it is just swimming along, minding its own business. That’s an important distinction though, and one that matters: you are stinging yourself on the jellyfish. It has less choice in the matter than you do.So remember, jellyfish don’t mean to hurt you, they are barely aware of you. Obviously you need to be careful of them, but in the same way you have to be careful of cliff-edges and slippery sidewalks. (Dangerous but in a non-personal way.) It’s their home and they’re just doing their thing, so be respectful of the dangers of entering their home.

Posted by We Dive Too on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

 

Welcome to my defense of jellyfish, which I feel is needed because so many people view them as ‘bad’. This article was largely prompted by reading how someone hated jellyfish “because they sting.”

4 good reasons that Jellyfish aren’t that bad:

They don’t typically slow traffic.
Jellyfish never wait for you in a dark alley with evil intent.
Not one jellyfish has ever stolen a car.
Jellyfish only sting you if you touch them.

Reasons people dislike jellyfish:

If you swim up to them and prod at them you will get stung.

Putting it into perspective:

If you swim up to me and start randomly prodding at me I will ALSO hurt you.

With the above said, you can still sting yourself on a jellyfish if you aren’t careful. It isn’t trying to sting you; it is just swimming along, minding its own business. That’s an important distinction though, and one that matters: you are stinging yourself on the jellyfish. It has less choice in the matter than you do.

So remember, jellyfish don’t mean to hurt you, they are barely aware of you. Obviously you need to be careful of them, but in the same way you have to be careful of cliff-edges and slippery sidewalks. (Dangerous but in a non-personal way.) It’s their home and they’re just doing their thing, so be respectful of the dangers of entering their home.

About the Author ColinP

Colin is an inventor, author, guitar player, amateur scientist and steampunk enthusiast. During his years as a ships navigator his luck was so consistently bad that he was briefly known as 'Jonah', presumed cursed, and subsequently barred from setting foot on any boat docked in Ireland. Due to his misadventures he spent more time underwater than most divers will achieve in a lifetime. Not deliberately, but he was still down there!

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