Jellyfish in the Gulf Are as Mysterious as They Are Painful

Jellyfish in the Gulf Are as Mysterious as They Are Painful

jellyfish texas beachesDuring a family vacation on South Padre Island last winter, my athletic nephew managed to persuade about a dozen of us to take a beginner’s surfing class despite the southerly wind that was raging that day. As we gathered with our instructors around a fleet of foam surfboards resting on the sand, I watched kite surfers delight in the gale, launching themselves into the air and flying to heights that made me gasp. One of the teachers shouted over the wind for us to practice “popping up”—jumping from our bellies to our feet in what should be a fluid and balanced motion. Prone on the board, I turned my head away from the tiny grains pelting my body and made a small—but wise—decision, although I…

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