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Bizarre Jellyfish Discovered In California’s Lake Oroville, Despite Historic Drought Conditions

by Brandon Mercer
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Lake Oroville Visitors Center photo showing 4 freshwater jellyfish, some as wide as a 50-cent piece (Credit Lake Oroville Visitors Center)

Lake Oroville Visitors Center photo showing 4 freshwater jellyfish, some as wide as a 50-cent piece (Credit Lake Oroville Visitors Center)

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LAKE OROVILLE (CBS SF) — Despite the historic drought, or perhaps partly because of it, rare freshwater jellyfish are thriving in the decimated Lake Oroville, a large inland lake nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, about 90 minutes north of Sacramento.

The Lake Oroville Visitors Center posted photos on its Facebook page, showing dime-sized to quarter-sized jellies in a clear plastic water bottle.  One was as wide as a 50-cent piece.

The jellyfish cannot sting humans, and are mainly harmless.

Educators at the lake say conditions have to be just right before they bloom and swimmers see them.

 

 

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