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Thursday, February 20, 2020

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES:Some strange stories about jellyfish

I found the following stories in Fate volume 8 no 4 issue 61,April 1955 kindly sent to me by American Fortean Gary Mangiacopra.

ESSAY ON JELLYFISH

Freshwater jellyfish are a miracle of nature,it is claimed.But at the Cleveland Aquarium in Gordon Park one day not long ago there was a tank containing 50 of them on display. The jellyfish suddenly appeared in Crystal Lake ,which serves as the water supply for Ravenna,Ohio. They were about the size of a dollar and looked a little like transparent umbrellas,trailing a dozen or so tentacles along their rims.These tentacles had small coiled muscles with a spring action which forces poison from the animal`s stinging cells. The poison paralyzes or kills the small animals which are stung.

Although there are thousands of species of ocean jellyfish,only four are known to live in fresh water and two of these have been found only in Africa. They are extremely rare in this country,no one knows where the Crystal Lake jellyfish came from,or how.

An even stranger jellyfish mystery occurred in Texas. Mrs W.M.Reynolds of Austin went out in her front yards after a hard rain last October.And there were two jellyfish,big as baseballs.




Beaumont Journal (Texas) Oct 7th 1954

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