What is it about?

This study sought to test whether we could explain the oscillation in numbers of beach stranded box jellyfish with oceanographic conditions. There has bee na long term interest in gaining a better understanding of the fluctuation in numbers of stinging box jellies at this location, as the number ranges from a few dozen or so to a few thousand.

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Why is it important?

Once an ecological explanation for the variAtion in box jellyfish on and near the beach is obtained, it will allow us to generate predictive models that can be used to help the public and beach users avoid getting stung.


The ultimate irony of this regular circumlunar phenomenon is that the geographic hotspot for stinging box jellyfish coincides with the busiest beach at a popular visitor and local beach user destination. Prior to this study we had no scientific data regarding what are the drivers of this regular phenomenon.

Dr Brenden Stephen Holland
Hawaii Pacific University

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This page is a summary of: Long-Term Fluctuations in Circalunar Beach Aggregations of the Box Jellyfish Alatina moseri in Hawaii, with Links to Environmental Variability, PLoS ONE, October 2013, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077039.
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