Saturday, 1 January 2011

New species of jellyfish discovered

A famous marine biologist has made scientific history by discovering a new jellyfish - sitting under a Hobart dock in Tasmania.

Lisa-ann Gershwin was searching the waters below Macquarie Wharf for new forms of jellyfish and found a new variety by late morning! The Californian-born biologist is the world's foremost expert in the classification and identification of jellyfish.

During her 18-year career Dr Gershwin has discovered about 170 new species, 35 of which have been found in Tasmanian waters, and she is still in awe of every jellyfish she comes across.

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