Jellyfish – Varmints – 86



Megan from Oh No Lit Class! joins Donna this week to talk about those unusual and mysterious sea creatures: jellyfish!

Thanks so much to Megan for filling in this week! Oh No Lit Class is a great bunch of fun! Once you’re done listening to this week’s show and the kiddos are not in earshot you can check this podcast out here. Or just click on the image below. Now on with the show!

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And now the news!

Stung by a jellyfish? If you’re in Daytona Beach, FL join the crowd. Courtesy of The Daytona Beach News Journal:


I’m just doing this to watch you get peed on.

By the way, don’t pee on a jellyfish sting. Just don’t. Courtesy of Scientific American

Unless you’re into that sort of thing. We’re not going to judge. Anyhoo…

A jelly that stands on it’s head? Yep, they’re out there. Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium:



What’s the most venomous marine animal? You guessed it. A jellyfish. The box jellyfish to be precise. Courtesy of NOAA:


I’m not poisonous, bub. I’m venomous! Listen to the jingle!

And if that isn’t unsettling enough they also have people eyes. Yep. That’s nightmare fuel right there. Courtesy of Live Science:


They’re really judgey eyes too which makes it even worse.

On to pop culture! “Spongebob Squarepants” gets another mention with the episode “Jellyfish Jam”! Courtesy of YouTube user sunnygurl09:

Remember in “Finding Nemo” when Dory adopted a jelly and named it “Squishy” and then almost died? Yeah… Courtesy of YouTube user jasonbay13:

Immortality! Well, sort of. The Turritopsis nutricula jellyfish can regenerate itself when injured! Courtesy of Mother Nature Network:


And now I really kind of want the next Doctor to be a jellyfish.

Sea Lice. Are a thing. Sorry. Here’s more about them and what to do if you get stung. (Hint: don’t pee on it) Courtesy of

Again, unless you are into that sort of thing. It’s all good.

Now you know even more about jellyfish than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at! We might even read your email on the show.

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Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live.
Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than.
Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast.
Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1)
Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit.
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Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty,
and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.