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The current spate of inclement weather might dispel any interest in anything marine, including jellyfish, but ongoing research on such issues cannot certainly follow climactic whims. For instance, the popular and innovative Spot the Jellyfish campaign, initiated two years ago, still registered a steady trickle of online reports of gelatinous species being recorded from our waters, mainly by divers, fishermen and beachgoers. The reports submitted to the citizen science database over the October-January months represented mainly five kinds of sightings: (i) the common mauve stinger (Pelagia noctiluca), which normally reproduces during this time of the year, with numbers of adult individuals observed being significantly lower than those of the previous year; (ii) innocuous long colonies of salps; (iii) graceful and innocuous pyrosome individuals (both salps and pyrosomes are evolutionarily more advanced than jellyfish); (iv) isolated sightings of the stinging box jellyfish (Carybdea marsupialis) and, (v) on one particular instance at Gnejna, a large gelatinous accumulation, which could potentially represent a cephalopod (mollusks such as squid, cuttlefish and octopus) egg mass.

This year again, the IOI-MOC at the University of Malta is revamping the interpretation posters affixed at different coastal sites and the user-friendly ad hoc website in order to give the possibility to participants to register also the non-occurrence of jellyfish. Dr Alan Deidun, one of the seminal figures behind the initiative, stated that such updates to the initiative were in response to suggestions made by the public last summer. He also opined that zeros (representing non-occurrences of jellyfish) are important for two main reasons – one is scientific and the other relates to public perception. Jellyfish also hit the headlines for sensational purposes, whilst their non-occurrence is seldom publicised. The geo-referenced function of the initiative, which allows users to see in real-time the geographical distribution of the jellyfish sightings being recorded, has also been improved, along with the educational component of the website, with information on individual jellyfish species and on useful related internet links being included. The winning entries for last year’s Jellyfish Photography competition, organised in tandem with Din L-Art Helwa, have also been included on the website. This year again, the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) has again renewed its generous support to the initiative.

The Spot the Jellyfish initiative is coordinated by Prof. Aldo Drago, Dr Alan Deidun and staff of IOI-MOC, and enjoys the support of the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) and of Nature Trust, Friends of the Earth, EkoSkola, the BlueFlag Malta programme and Sharklab. The campaign is an IOI-Kids Programme initiative, which follows a citizen science approach and relies on the collaboration of the general public, mariners, divers, and especially the younger generations through their teachers and parents, by recruiting their assistance in recording the presence and location of different jellyfish through the use of a dedicated colourful reporting leaflet. The leaflet is being widely distributed, and can be directly downloaded from the IOI Kids website, which is replete with snippets and anecdotes about different jellyfish species. With the support of MTA, large posters have furthermore been projected on boards along major bays on both islands.

The reporting is done by simply matching the sighted jellyfish with a simple visual identification guide, giving the date and time of the sighting, and indicating the number of jellies seen. Sightings can be also reported online or submitted through an SMS on 79 222 278, or by sending an email message. Strange jellyfish not included on the leaflet should be caught and kept in a bucketful of seawater prior to contacting IOI-MOC staff for retrieval to attempt a definite identification of the species. If this is not possible, photos of the same individuals should be taken. The Spot the Jellyfish campaign launched in May 2010 has received international recognition for its citizen science value – for instance, global citizen science fora, such as the 'Science for Citizens' blog and the Science 2.0 network carried an extensive feature on the Maltese initiative.


Pyrosome
Pyrosomes are minute components of the
plankton which bloom at this time of year
Salps
Salps as graceful red-specked and innocuous
colonies are favourites with divers
courtesy of Pete Bullen - www.oceanfoto.co.uk
 

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