The role of jellies (like these in the Pacific waters of Dakit-Dakit Island, Philippines) in ocean carbon cycling has been overlooked. Credit: Klaus Stiefel/Flickr, CC-BY-NC-2.0
New research suggests jellies play a more valuable role in food webs and carbon storage than scientists previously thought.
A new study in the AGU journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles estimates how much carbon gelatinous sea creatures store in their bodies and where that carbon goes.
The results show that 3.7–6.8 billion metric tons of organic carbon can be traced back to jellies each year, an amount on
World Environment Science