Nomura’s jellyfish can measure up to 6.5 feet in diameter and weigh 450 lbs. They have recently been arriving off the coast of Japan in huge swarms, which affects commercial fishing. The population is difficult to control because, when under attack, they release billions of eggs/sperm that grow asexually into new jellyfish.
Jellyfish: A Natural History – A luscious book about our ocean’s brainless, heartless creatures
Jellyfish: A Natural History by Lisa-ann Gershwin
University of Chicago Press
2016, 224 pages, 8.2 x 9.5 x 1 inches
$27 Buy a copy on Amazon
Five interesting facts I read in the just-released Jellyfish: A Natural History:
1. The deadly box jellyfish is the world’s most venomous animal, and its sting feels like “a splash of boiling oil, searingly hot and indescribably painful.”
2. The immortal jellyfish is just what it sounds like – its cells keep regenerating so that it forever cycles from baby to adult back to baby again.
3. Recently, jellyfish blooms – or swarms – have become denser, are covering much larger areas than ever before, and are “lasting far longer than normal,” due to climate change.
4. Jellyfish can clone themselves, but the replica is so different from the original that it ends up being classified as a separate animal.
5. The giant heart jelly can grow to 165 feet, longer than a blue whale.
And this is nothing. Every page of text in Jellyfish has facts as fascinating as these, woven into a thorough coverage of jellyfish history, biology and ecology. Author Lisa-ann Gershwin, a marine biologist who has discovered over 200 new species of jellyfish, does an excellent job of combining a compelling narrative of 50 different jellyfish with luscious, I-can’t-believe-they’re-real photos. Put this book on your coffee table with caution – you might lose your guests as they submerge themselves into a book that’s as exotic as it is absorbing.
– Carla Sinclair
“can you do an Alec x reader where she has a death scare and Alec tells her that he loves her and wants to protect her and can you make it cute and fluffy please? thank you :)”
N/A - Trigger warning - Suggestion of death. I’ve left the ending open for interpretation but other than that fluff ahead! <3 BTW I know in this gif matthew had green/hazel eyes but Alec has blue eyes, so yeah :)
I thought of this song when writing so give it a listen to, during, before, after, whatever you want :)
Swimming seemed like a good idea at the time. You’d woken up before your long-term boyfriend and had left him sleeping, he looked so cute when he was asleep. The house you had bought together was a five-minute walk from a secluded little beach and you regularly went there to swim and if the weather was warm, Alec would invite the gang round and you would all have a BBQ by the sea.
The sky was clear when you first woke up and you couldn’t see any clouds so you decided to swim out further than you normally would’ve. You were about half a mile out when you felt the sting. Looking down, you saw the bright orange that you knew so well, sea nettles. The group of jellyfish were swarming around your legs each one sending a sharp jolt of pain through your body. You hadn’t even considered the possibility of jellyfish, they tended to stick to the warmer waters of the West coast where you had grown up. Though, individually, their stings weren’t too dangerous, this amount of venom could cause trouble. You felt you legs starting to cramp, a panic setting over you as you realized that you were nowhere near the shore. You started to swim. Your chest started constricting, your breaths getting shorter and shorter. You pushed yourself harder, only a few hundred meters from the shore. The water seemed to get heavier, harder to swim through. Only a hundred meters. You took a breath, water entered your lungs. You kept pushing, one arm after the other. More water entered your lungs. Your visioned blurred, white spots dancing in front of you. The rocking of the waves didn’t seem so bad. Slowly, you gave into the gentle lulling of the water, you didn’t even feel the scratch of gravel or the strong arms that lifted you from the Atlantic waters.
“Y/N? Can you hear me? Y/N?”
You could hear the desperation in the voice, it sounded familiar. You wondered why this person was so upset. You wondered why the water had stopped moving. You wondered why your legs hurt so much. The darkness that had threatened to consume in the water didn’t seem that bad, it made the pain stop, so you welcomed it, letting yourself drift away.
It was your fingers that you felt first. You could move them. Then it was your toes. You wiggled them. Yep I still have toes. You then tried to move your nose, scrunching it like a rabbit. Okay still got a nose. You stopped when you heard the relieved chuckle from next you. A hand slowly clasped yours, giving it a gentle squeeze. You opened your eyes and turned to look at the blue eyes you loved to wake up to. The dark circles showing the extent of his tiredness.
“Hey.” He spoke softly, as if he thought that speaking to loudly would hurt you.
“Hey.” You frowned at the croaky sound of your voice.
“Ssh, you’ve been unconscious for a few days, your voice is bound to sound a little hoarse.” You noticed the concerned tone, despite the fact he was trying to comfort you.
His thumb gently stroked the back of your hand while his other hand lifted to move a few strands of hair from your face. Alec stood from his chair, still holding your hand, and sat on the edge of the bed. He bent forward, a large hand cupping your face before his soft lips captured yours. The kiss was desperate as though he felt he would lose you if let go and yet all too soon, he was gone. Even though he was turned away you could see the tension in his shoulders and the grip on your hand had tightened. He hated showing you, what he called, weakness. You lifted your free hand to put it on his shoulder.
“Alec, look at me.” You ignored the crack in your voice. “I’m okay, look, I’m still here”
He slowly start to turn. You moved your hand to stroke the side of his face, noticing the stubble and wet streaks that graced his cheek. His hand rose to cover yours, his head turned to place a kiss on your palm. Both of you sat in comfortable silence, Alec, only moving to place gentle kisses on your palm and wrist.
“I thought I’d lost you Y/N.” You looked up to see his eyes piercing yours, begging you to understand. “You have no idea how scared I was. I saw you lying on the beach, covered in red mark, slowly turning blue and I thought I was going to lose you.” His voice broke, a single tear escaping. “I can’t lose you. I love you. I never want that to happen again. I love you Y/N. I want to be there for you, everyday. I want to protect you. I want you and me to be together, now and forever. I want to be by your side protecting you from the big bad of the world. Will you let me?”
You could barely nod before he stood to get off the bed and knelt by your side. You gasped as you saw him pull out a small black box.
“Y/F/N, I love you more than anything, will you make me the happiest man alive and will you marry me, Alec Lightwood?”
“Bucky?” Steve called to his friend quietly as he poked his head into the room of the sunken ship they liked to sleep in. It was not the kind of home other merfolks preferred (kelp, coral, and caves were the more traditional method of homes), but Bucky and him had never been normal. Plus, as apprehensive as Steve had been at first, he found he enjoyed the ship. It offered him many places to curl up and rest, and the ship itself wasn’t that far from where the rest of their pod was located. That fact alone was probably the only reason why the elder members of their pod hadn’t forced Bucky or Steve to live somewhere more sensible.
“Bucky,” Steve sighed in disappointment when he saw his friend lying face down on a bed layered in pink algae.
Steve swam over to his friend and touched his shoulder. “What’s wrong? You missed breakfast.” Honestly, the missed meal wasn’t that uncommon since Bucky usually returned from visiting Tony right around the time the rest of the pod woke up. However, Bucky had returned sooner than usual and fallen asleep right away. He should have eaten by now and also be swimming around with Steve and the others.
“You’re going to need to speak up.”
Bucky rolled over and glared at Steve.
Or at least he tried to. His eyes were narrowed and his mouth was set in a firm line, but through all of the anger in his gaze Steve could see hurt shimmering below the surface.
“I was wrong,” Bucky spat out.
Steve blinked. He was not sure what his friend was talking about; although, he suspected Tony must have something to do with it. “About?”
Bucky crumpled under the question and he turned away from Steve with his head bowed. “I thought he felt the same.”
Steve maneuvered himself so he was in front of his friend again. “You’re going to have to be a little more detailed, Bucky.”
“I thought he loved me, but-” Bucky cut himself off.
Steve’s heart lurched. “He said he didn’t love you?”
OKAY this post is probably gonna get quite long so go make a cup of tea or something first!
start the game knowing what pwp you want to aim for! animalcrossingus do a great & simple guide here - make sure you have a villager type of the pwp you want to unlock, simple as that!
start the game, make sure your chosen villager is outdoors. talk to them once, then, trap ‘em. dig holes all around them basically so you can get to them easier.
make sure you inventory is full. not with furniture or clothing, but with bells or flowers (this means villagers can’t ping you to buy anything from you) tools are okay too! i usually fill mine with stacks of 100 bells.
put a wetsuit on! get yourself ready to go swimming. then swim to the furthest point of your sea (where the barriers are) - i usually time about 10 minutes from this point, i’ve heard some people do more, and some do less - but 10 has always worked for me and it’s easy to work out when you can go back to land! just stay still and allow the army of jellyfish to swarm you.
ten minutes up? yay! swim back to land and to where your poor captive villager is - if you’ve done everything correctly they should ping you! sometimes it can be for a greeting change or just a general chat, if so, rinse and repeat! but fingers crossed it will be for that pwp you’ve been dreaming of! hooray!
note: villagers may only suggest one pwp per day. i’ve seen people say they can suggest more, but have struggled to make it happen myself. good luck!
EDIT: some people are claiming that carrying bells allows villagers to ping to sell you items still. i have never experienced this first hand (and am not sure how it would work if your inventory is full) but if you’re wary just use flowers!
(gary clicks his eyestalks together in strange 5/4 rhythm)(the jellyfish calm)(spongebob disrupts)(the jellyfish swarm)(gary continues)(the jellyfish calm)(spongebob disrupts once more)(the jellyfish swarm)(gary continues uninteruppted this time)(the jellyfish calm)(spongebob says “gary whatever you do, dont stop shaking it!”)(they begin to walk to jellyfish fields)(the jellyfish follow)(funky bass riff starts as they walk to compliment gary’s rhythm)(scallops begin to sing “la la-la la la la-la-lalalalala” repeated to the melody)(a dolphin makes noise around every 8 seconds)(jelly fish strum their tentacles, giving a steel guitar riff)