Jellyfish in Indiana!

Discussion in 'LOCAL INDIANA TALK' started by SkiMax, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. SkiMax

    SkiMax Well-Known Member

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    I was fishing the other day and could have sworn I saw a jellyfish. I would have put money on it. It was a little one, no bigger than a half inch across. Well I did some research and come to find out, there are fresh water jellyfish found everywhere in Indiana. They are very small and can not sting humans. Just thought this was kinda cool. The article says that most of the year they are just polypops on the bottoms of submerged logs and rocks. But this time of year there are actually jellyfish out and about. So next time you are on the water this fall, keep your eyes open for them!
     
  2. tomcat85

    tomcat85 New Member

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    man, thats pretty cool. ive never heard of that before.
     

  3. SkiMax

    SkiMax Well-Known Member

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  4. AllenM

    AllenM Guest

    Cool! Looks like they are all up and down California too.
     
  5. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    thats cool max neat find youl get rep for that from me . wonder how big they actualy get ? are they in the ohio river?
     
  6. SkiMax

    SkiMax Well-Known Member

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    that sight said they were found in the ohio river up by cincy, so i'm sure they are in our area. I don't think they get much bigger than an inch. i am going to Lake Monroe in a few minutes, i'm gonna keep my eyes open for them! I wanna catch one and put it in my fish tank
     
  7. field989

    field989 New Member

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    yea they are in southern indiana... around Linton and greene sullivan state forrest in the strip pits... this one guy i fish with has seen freash water jellyfish and he said the water has to be almost 100% pure for them to survive and that they hadnt been down there for years but this was a few years ago but it is still cool
     
  8. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    We were swiming off my dads pier years ago and saw one. 3 of us saw it. No one would believe it but it was a jelly fish! Small but a jelly fish. You have proven us 3 sane!
    Thank you
    Bill
     
  9. SkiMax

    SkiMax Well-Known Member

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    no problem bill. my dad still swears he saw a koala bear in southwestern ohio when he was a kid so i'm sure he can relate to you guys, lol. One article I read (I've done some research on them) says they can show up in a body of water and not be aorund for years. the conditions have to be right for them to go from polyops to jellyfish. and the polyops reproduce asexually and the jellyfish, sexually. another little interesting tidbit. i am fascinating by these guys (biology major here).
     
  10. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    Now That Was A Very Interesting Post Brother.reps To You.
     
  11. amcclure

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    I seen them in Lake Indian, Selena, Tipsaw, and the Ohio River between Louisville, KY and Evansville, IN. Wierd little things. There were so many in Lake Indian in Perry County, Indiana that I caught about 15 in a gatorade bottle in just about 4 or 5 minutes.
     
  12. buddah

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    Wow you guys got a lot of neat wildlife! I wonder if we have em' here in pa? probably not.
     
  13. SkiMax

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    BUddah, you guys do. go check out that link i posted. there are quite a few spots in PA. The researchers are from a university in PA.
     
  14. Fishgeek

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    One of our biologists found a jellyfish up north here in one of the lakes. I can't remember which one.

    Buddah: Yes, they're in PA too. I used to work in northwest PA I I saw a bunch in a lake (reservoir) one day. I don't remember which one, but I think it was in Elk or Clarion county.
     
  15. whiteriverbigcats

    whiteriverbigcats New Member

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    I know of a few places where there are lots of freash water jelly fish the biggest i have seen yet is one about the size of a quarter.. they are not very big but they do exsist... i think i might catch me a few and put them in my fish tank
     
  16. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    Thanks for posting.I never knew anything like that exsisted!Glad they don't sting humans also.:cool2:
     
  17. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    yes, great post thanks for posting.
     
  18. HoosierPoleCat

    HoosierPoleCat New Member

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    Well i will keep my eye out for the little critters. Like to see 1 up close & personal. :cool2:
     
  19. Cat King

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    i guess we learn something new everyday
     
  20. HoosierPoleCat

    HoosierPoleCat New Member

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    Stuff like that I would ask fishgeek on. He would be the expert in that field. :wink: