SAJellyWatch Progress Report June 2008 - March 2009
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Date:  April 2009 Reporting period:  June 2008 - March 2009

This represents the first of a series of reports that we will be producing at regular intervals about SAJelly Watch. We will inform you about any changes we have made to the site or its content, and we will draw your attention to new images and updated accounts. We will also summarise use of the site and, most importantly, provide an indication of which species have been seen where.

All these reports will be archived on the site and can be accessed and printed.

This first report provides an overview since the site was first launched in July 2008.

67 people have registered as SA Jelly Watchers. These are distributed amongst the different regions as follows:
  • SA - Eastern Cape - 6
  • SA - KwaZulu-Natal - 10
  • SA - Northern Cape - 0
  • SA - Western Cape 44
  • Namibia 2
  • Mocambique 1
  • Unspecified 4

There was a flurry of registrations when the site was first launched (see figure 1) but these have slowed down subsequently and new registrations are currently very low. So, if you know of anyone that could usefully benefit from this site, or that could contribute information, please encourage them to sign up.


Figure 1: User registrations for the period June 2008 March 2009.
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A total of 136 reports were made during the period under review. Most of these were made in October of 2008 (see figure 2), and all of them originated from the Western Cape Province in South Africa.


Figure 2: Reports submitted during the period June 2008 March 2009.
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A total of 12 species were reported on during the period under review. Of these species, Physalia physalis (the blue bottle or Portuguese-Man-O-War) was most commonly seen.

The following outbreaks were reported:

  • Species Chrysaora fulgida (=hysoscella) on 8 Aug 2008 10:30 AM in Strandfontein, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Species Chrysaora fulgida (=hysoscella) on 12 Aug 2008 11:00 AM in Strandfontein, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Species Aequorea forskalea on 10 Aug 2008 04:30 PM in Scarborough, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Species Physalia physalis on 20 Sep 2008 06:00 PM in Fish Hoek, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Species Chrysaora fulgida (=hysoscella) on 22 Sep 2008 12:00 PM in Strandfontein, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Species Physalia physalis on 26 Oct 2008 11:00 AM in Fish Hoek, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Species Physalia physalis on 6 Nov 2008 05:17 PM in Kommetjie, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Species Physalia physalis on 7 Nov 2008 04:30 PM in Fish Hoek, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Species Physalia physalis on 7 Jan 2009 06:15 PM in Kommetjie, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Species Physalia physalis on 17 Mar 2009 04:00 PM in Fish Hoek, Western Cape, South Africa

No reports of potentially dangerous species were made.

The site has been visited a total of 1190 times over the period under review: most visits were made during September of 2008 (see figure 3).


Figure 3: Site visits by month.
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The most popular pages on the site have been the Home page, the Common Jellyfish around South and southern Africa page, the Bursaries and other funded opportunities to study or work with Jellyfish page (currently removed) and the Jellyfish 101 page (see figure 4).


Figure 4: Page popularity distribution.
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Images on SAJellyWatch: Since we first launched the site we have updated a number of images, thanks largely to the generosity of colleagues working in Namibia. There are still a number of pictures that we need to give the site a regional flavour so whenever you get a chance, please send us some of your jellysnaps. We will of course acknowledge your efforts on the site, and copyright will remain with you.

Upcoming Additions to SAJellyWatch: It is our intention during 2009 to provide a comprehensive bibliography of all papers published on regional jellyfish, as well as a list of all local species. These are not simple tasks, however, so we ask you to bear with us. If there is anything that you would like to see on the www site, send us an email with your suggestions and we will see what we can do.