The Immortal Jellyfish and Other News of the Week


Jellyfish (Photo credit: GeniusDevil)

Reader Andrea Smart saw my post on jellyfish stings last week and sent me an article by the folks at Jellyfish Facts packed with awesome pictures and rather funny soundbites about The 6 Most Amazing Jellyfish in the Sea. I love the commentary on the Turritopsis nutricula (aka the Immortal Jellyfish).

We all dream of being immortal, but unfortunately the dream of immortality isn’t as simple as doing what you want when you want it without fear of reprisal or damnation. Sadly, the key to extended longevity lies in the ability to return to a polyp (adolescent) state after becoming sexually mature… and in being a very small, rather lonely-looking jelly with an unpronounceable name.

Shame really.

Thanks, Andrea! (Read more: The 6 Most Amazing Jellyfish in the Sea.)

Speaking of oceans, this week The Five-Year-Old and I discovered the wonderful blog, The Beachchair Scientist. Billed as “bringing a simplified perspective to your beach combing inquiries and more,” this week’s crop of Beachchair posts includes a survey of children’s books about the sea, a look at why the horseshoe crab has been unchanged for thousands of years, and the expose “how does a sea star move?” The Beachchair Scientist takes questions by email, which means she’s in very grave danger of becoming The Five-Year-Old’s favorite non-related pen pal.

Rounding out our beach theme (is it summer yet?)… Boy rides shark in National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Entry. View all the entries in the photography contest here.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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3 Responses to The Immortal Jellyfish and Other News of the Week

  1. Hi there! I’d be happy to answer any emails from your little guy has to throw at me


  2. Pingback: Mother Nature hates New Jersey and other news of the month | CATERPICKLES

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