Jellyfish research on TV

BEES researchers Thomas Bastian, Damien Haberlin and Mary Gallaher will appear on RTE television tomorrow evening (Tuesday 12th April 2011) as part of a documentary on their work on the EcoJel project.
EcoJel aims to assess the opportunities and detrimental impacts of jellyfish in the Irish Sea. The project is a collaboration between Swansea University (Wales) and University College Cork.
Dr. Tom Doyle is the Principal Investigator at Cork and is based at the Coastal and Marine Research Centre, UCC.

For more information on the EcoJel project, visit

The documentary is part of the excellent ‘Living the Wildlife’ series by Colin Stafford-Johnson. RTE describes the documentary as follows:

“Most people think the jellyfish that wash up on our beaches every summer are creatures from warmer seas that simply drifted off course in the seas and ended up on our shores. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Six different kinds of jellyfish could well claim Irish citizenship for they are born and bred around our coasts. Some could even call themselves Dubliners. For a creature that is so common, we know remarkably little about them. Where do they come from? What do they eat? How do they breed? What jellyfish can sting you? What to do if you get stung?

In the final programme of the fourth series Colin is going to find out more about these strange and wonderful creatures and answer all those questions you really wanted to ask someone who knows all about jellyfish.

Colin meets up with Dr. Tom Doyle and his team from University College Cork who are studying jellyfish in the Irish Sea as part of a EU funded project called Ecojel. He also catches up with some intrepid swimmers at the 40 Foot in Dun Laoghire who swim in waters populated by Ireland’s most venomous jellyfish the Lion’s Mane.”

The documentary will air on RTE One on Tuesday at 7pm. For more information, see the RTE website.

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