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Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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The conclusion is chilling and galvanising.
Nearly my entire life, I have lived somewhere near an ocean. Until I read Stung! I found jellyfishes always annoying and occasionally a threat (currently living in Australia we have a few than can kill you pretty quickly). Most of the time, jellyfish were things just not something I thought about very much. Gershwin helped me understand that jellyfish are both a significant problem in themselves (they have been known to capsize boats and to shut down power plants), but also a sign of fundamental problems in the oceans around us. Gershwin does a great job covering a great deal of science for the non-scientist in a clear manner. I have to differ with one of the previous reviewers (Emillie) who criticized the writing style. With all respect, Gershwin deals with a very complex webs of interacting causes and effects. I found it hard going in some places, but the writing is well done.
As an example, Gershwin shows that the global rise of jellyfish is related to carbon release (both global warming and acidification of oceans), pollution (both toxins and eutrophication, or excessive nutrients mainly from agriculture, sewage and aquaculture), introduced species (largely from shipping and bilge water), hypoxia and anoxia (lack of oxygen), and overfishing. All of these interact with each other. The story gets complex. While some of this may be hard to wade through, the treatment is well done.Read more ›
Gershwin manages to take some of the worst of humanities news and the science behind it and package it in such a way that it is not just an informative and educational read, but an entertaining one. Clearly written as a warning, this book gives the human influenced global climate change a whole new perspective. That from the view of the lowly and apparently robust Jelly. A beautiful ethereal creature who has been generous enough to warn us of our impending doom.
A must read for everyone and a great book for high school bio students. This book is excellent at showing the interlinked relationship between all of natures animals, including humans. With more easily digested and actually entertaining reads of such matter hopefully human understanding will give our future generations an actual future.
Please translate this book soon and get it to the rest of the world!
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Only the first hundred pages or so are actually about jellyfish. I really enjoyed that part of the book. The rest is about how we're messing up the oceans (e.g. Read morePublished 3 months ago by KPDR87
This book is not particularly well written. It is very repetitive, quite disorganized, and often rambling. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good narrative on a very small subject. It might be good reading for the military so that they could see that they didn't invent everything.Published 11 months ago by F. Stecker
Lisa is a great writer and very passionate about her work!Published 17 months ago by Machael Ann Carlson
Coral bleaching, ocean acidification, overfishing and the resulting collapse of the marine food chain are alarming human-caused processes that are escalating out of control. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ferro
This was a gift for my wife's younger sister as she's looking at working with marine animals and we wanted to get her something she'd love for her birthday. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mark Suchnicki
Stung did a fantastic job of explaining what humans have done to our oceans and how jellyfish are stepping in to take over. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Baldwin, M.
While the subject is fascinating, and the author's writing style enjoyable, I feel that she spends a lot of words going over topics multiple times. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by C.A. Ruel
There are all kinds of books out with dire warnings about global warming. Few have the visceral impact of envisioning oceans full of mindless jellyfish, clogging power station... Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by R. Dalton