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Freshwater Jellyfish Have Arrived

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Out fishing this morning I realized I was looking at thousands of submerged blobs. After looking closely I realized they were jellyfish .....thousands of jellyfish. My camp is on a small (2Km by 1Km) spring fed lake with no inflows. I guess these invaders arrived on a boat hull from the public launch.

 

After a quick google I realized they're in lots of Ontario lakes. Anyone noticed a difference in their lake after these invaders appeared?

 

 

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I just posted about this two weeks ago

 

Im in northwestern ontario and many lakes near me are on the list.

 

Ive noticed zero difference fishing these lakes.

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Googled them.

Likely invasive species from China.

Harmless to people.

Barbs apparently can't penetrate human skin.

May be increasing due to global warming.

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Had a pic of once that I had captured, in an eastern ontario lake, about an inch across, phoned a friend at the OFAH Invading Species Hot line and was told the were pretty harmless, most likely transported on a boat from the US, Pennsylvania seems to be a hotspot for them

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Found them in Haliburton this weekend. First time I've seen them.

Seen them there years ago fishing a club event. All the size of a dime to nickle

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Several lakes I fish in Haliburton have them .... Usually see them about this time of year as well I did see some a few weeks ago but last weekend there were many ..... They are about the size of a dime pretty cool to see them moving in the lake for sure but the MNR are not too concerned about them there is a list somewhere which shows what lakes they have been confirmed in and there is more than I thought in Haliburton .... Seems like they are spreading as well

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Well it turns out these things are becoming increasingly common in Eastern Ontario. I'm up by Mattawa. Hard to believe a jellyfish from China made it here. Guess we really do need to start taking this boat washing thing seriously.

 

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Guess we really do need to start taking this boat washing thing seriously.

 

Yes we DO!!

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