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News Release 11-115 - Video

A Mnemiopsis ctenophore jelly bloom in the York River estuary, southern Chesapeake Bay.

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A plankton tow was conducted over a two-minute period in surface waters. It shows the typical size of a ctenophore bloom. The slimy material is the dissolved organic matter (DOM) or jelly-DOM released by the jellyfish, and is also used by bacteria for respiration.

Credit: Juliette Giordano and Molly Bogeberg

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