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How many jellyfish are in the Chesapeake Bay this year?
The JellyCam, located on the Horn Point Laboratory pier on the Choptank River in Cambridge, Maryland, provides a view of the water surface in order to show local jellyfish conditions. Researchers are currently assessing the usefulness of cameras like this one for monitoring sea nettle populations in Chesapeake Bay. Visual counting has been used to monitor the sea nettle population in Chesapeake Bay for decades, but automating the process by using cameras like this one may allow for more frequent, simultaneous sampling of multiple locations in order to understand new aspects of the sea nettle population.
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For predictions on where jellyfish are likely to be found throughout Chesapeake Bay, visit http://chesapeakebay.noaa.gov/forecasting-sea-nettles.
This project is supported by funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Maryland Sea Grant College.