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Ten Things You Need to Know About Jellyfish, Our Gelatinous Frenemies

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One day you're floating in the ocean, playing "spot Lady Gaga" among the billowy tropical clouds. The next thing you know, something has enveloped your outstretched hand. It feels like a plastic bag. But when you look down, you realize you're surrounded by purplish orbs the size of dinner plates. Indeed, the jellies are here again, clearing beaches from Fort Lauderdale to the Keys. So in light of their miraculous reappearance, we asked marine biologist Monty Graham what ten things we need to know about jellyfish.

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.