FIRST PICTURES: "Predator" Corals Eat Jellyfish

FIRST PICTURES: ''Predator'' Corals Eat Jellyfish
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At the time of the March 2009 study, moon jellyfish (such as the animals in this file photo) were booming along the reefs near Elat, Israel (map), thanks to a seasonal upwelling of nutrients in the Red Sea.

The jellyfish explosion may explain why the apparently new coral behavior was discovered when it was, said marine ecologist Smith, who wasn't involved in the new research.

"It could be that [jellyfish-eating among corals] is just difficult to document and that these people were just in the right place at the right time."
— Photograph courtesy Paola Carolina Smania, National Geographic Stock
 
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