Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Drowned drumlins, jellyfish called Frank Zappa ... isn’t science strange?

How one feels sorry for the bryozoans and hydroids of Strangford Lough. The shy, retiring filter feeders are having their tranquil lives interrupted by boffins pointing and making notes.

Interestingly, bryozoans form colonies on all sorts of surfaces, while hydroids are like small jellyfish or anemones.

The lough is great for wildlife and, as Joe Breen, head of aquatic science at the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, explained to a gaping world, there are “very strong flows in the Narrows”. Yes, that’s what I’d heard.

The lough also features drowned drumlins on the western side while, on the eastern side, remnants of these form reefs known as pladdies.

A leading hydroids expert, Professor Fernando Boero, of the University of Salento, Italyshire, named a new species of jellyfish after the late rock musician Frank Zappa.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to reread every sentence of the above to make sure it’s for real.

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