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A New Jellyfish Is Back in Town

Recent reports of a stinging jellyfish in Waquoit Bay are not a surprise to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists, who have been following the reemergence of the species, Gonionemus vertens, in local waters.

Commonly called a clinging jelly or a clinger by some scientists, the jellyfish is an invasive species hailing from the North Pacific, but it has a long history in local waters, first seen in Eel Pond in Woods Hole in 1894.

“In the last decade it seems to be making a comeback,” said research specialist Annette Govindarajan at WHOI.