1 mauve stinger (pelagia noctiluca) and 5 fried egg (cotylorhiza tuberculata) jellyfish (and a suggestion or two)

Submitted by alchemy149 on Tue, 09/14/2010 - 09:14
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typical swim today. the water was was pretty clear and calm. no waves, no wind. i saw one small mauve stinger and a handful of the fried egg jellyfish. two of the fried eggs had 4-5 fish companions each. otherwise nothing too unusual. still some of the spawning as previously mentioned.

i would like to suggest a better means of reporting a non-sighting. as that there is the possibility of having regular contributors, it might be helpful to have better means to make note of times where there are no jellyfish sightings. it would be more useful in your data collecting. especially in cases like myself where i go swimming as often as possible, at least several times a week, weather and season permitting. a lot of times i do not see any jellyfish. there is always the possibility that i could contribute over decent period of time at the same place. i would suggest a slight change in your website. you do have the "clean seas" option, but checking this, especially on a regular basis, will clutter your data collection. maybe if it is checked, close the quantity field and file the data given on another page. or since quantity is a required field in submitting any report, you might add a 0 field, maybe after the 100+ quantity. but something, that if used, would not be posted like the other postings. this zero field can have a qualifier. this would be more useful because as of right now all my submissions make it look like i see jellyfish everyday. which is not the case. even if i submitted a non-sighting, it would still be marked as a one quantity, which it would not be, and it would still be posted with all the others. clean seas is a little bit clumsy and not a good field for data collecting, even for amateurs.

you might also add a more advanced field, where if selected further options for weather conditions, waves, water clarity, currents, etc would become available. this would be used by your more advance and regular contributors. it would deepen your data field sets.

maybe next season i will start marking non-jellyfish days. :D it is too late in this season to start and be consistent. ;)

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