On 20 Nov, 2010 the Global Jellyfish Group hosted the Jellyfish ROCK outreach event at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. For those not aware of these festivities, this was a free event to the public as part of a project sponsored by NCEAS in order to raise awareness in the community about jellyfish blooms. The event was a huge success with over 170 people attending. Included on You Tube are Jim Knowlton's introductory jellyfish video montage, set to music, three 5 min science presentations, an on-stage discussion with Larry Madin and a Q&A session. There are nine video clips in total with the links listed below.
With the help of Emily Yam at the Aquarium of the Pacific, we also held a Jellyfish Art Contest in conjunction with the event for children all over the world. This was also a huge success with over 560 entries from 14 countries and plans are underway to produce a children's picture book comparing the artwork to real jellyfish photos.....all we need is a publisher now! All of the children's artwork will be up on the www.jellywatch.org/blooms page soon, and the winning entries were awarded prizes at the event (You Tube video part 6).
Thanks everyone who took part in this successful event. Happy viewing!
-- Dr. Rob Condon, Dauphin Island Sea Lab (Alabama, USA)
You Tube links for Jellyfish ROCK videos:
Intro Video by Jim Knowlton - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp8FXCywA2U
Part 1: Intro Comments - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkjxUDc6_WI
Part 2: 'What is a jellyfish?" - Cathy Lucas
Part 3: 'The Good, The Bad & The Beautiful' - Kylie Pitt
Part 4: 'Are jellyfish increasing globally' - Rob Condon
Part 5: 'Inside the Jellyfish Scientist' - Larry Madin
Part 6: International Jellyfish Art Contest Prizes - Emily Yam - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg9x5Patntg
Part 7a: Q&A part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eqi-U2NF-k
Part 7b: Q&A part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC85HBbrheE