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It was incredible to look down off the dock and see all these tiny new jellyfish. Why have I never seen this before? And why didn’t I have my camera with me so I could try to get a better photo of this?

Of course I had to go read up on them and I learned they start out in a polyp stage. The polyps can gauge the conditions of the environment to see if it is favorable for the survival of the baby jellyfish. If things don’t look good, they will extend this polyp phase for days, years or even decades. But, if temperature and food conditions look good, they will start to release the baby jellyfish. A colony of polyps will generate thousands of baby jellyfish at a time. I’m glad I got to see that.

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