Thousands of jellyfish spotters are helping us better understand these fascinating marine invertebrates and their turtle predators.
Every year, as spring creeps in, jellyfish arrive around the UK coastline. Since 2003, the Marine Conservation Society, along with thousands of citizen scientists all around the country, has been taking a deeper dive into their movements and how they might influence UK turtle populations. 20 years on, we explore what the data can tell us about these weird and wonderful marine invertebrates.
Amy Pilsbury runs the national jellyfish survey at the Marine Conservation Society alongside Peter Richardson (Head of Ocean Recovery) and research partners from Plymouth and Exeter universities. Amy’s background spans science communication and marine research, mostly surrounding micro/macroalgae and phytoplankton. With experience in both worlds, she now works as a citizen science professional to better connect people with science using engaging, interactive projects, like the National Jellyfish Survey.