Lisa-ann Gershwin is director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services. She was awarded a Fulbright in 1998 for her studies on jellyfish blooms and evolution, and she has discovered over two hundred new species--including at least sixteen types of jellyfish that are highly dangerous, as well as a new species of dolphin. She is the author of Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean.
"Every page of text in Jellyfish has facts as fascinating as
these, woven into a thorough coverage of jellyfish history, biology
and ecology. Gershwin, a marine biologist who has discovered over
200 new species of jellyfish, does an excellent job of combining a
compelling narrative of 50 different jellyfish with luscious,
I-can't-believe-they're-real photos. Put this book on your coffee
table with caution--you might lose your guests as they submerge
themselves into a book that's as exotic as it is absorbing."
"One resembles an exquisitely ruffled and pleated confection of pale silk chiffon; another, a tangle of bioluminescent necklaces cascading from a bauble. Both marine drifters (Desmonema glaciale and Physalia) feature in jellyfish expert Gershwin's absorbing coffee-table book on this transparent group with three evolutionary lineages. Succinct science is intercut with surreal portraiture -- from the twinkling Santa's hat jellyfish (Periphylla periphylla) to the delicate blue by-the-wind sailor (Velella velella)."
"This beautifully illustrated guide introduces readers to the diversity of jellyfish and provides a primer on the seemingly alien animals' physiology, ecology, and evolution."
-- "Science News"