6 Minute English - Can jellyfish help us solve our problems?

We discuss how these sea creatures could help us solve the problem of plastic pollution.

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Hello, this is 6 Minute English from BBC learning English on nail the strangest on jellyfish that is rubbery cone-shaped creatures found floating in the water that long tentacles trailing behind some jellyfish species have a bad reputation for scaring away tourists clothing up fishing nets and even broken Power Station pipes. But with more and more plastic rubbish ending up in the see these days you're as likely to swim into a plastic bag as a jellyfish now scientific research is discovering that these rubbery sea creatures might provide an answer a sticky solution to the problem of plastic pollution. And of course we'll be learning some related vocabulary along the way it's time for my quiz question, Georgina. You mentioned jellyfish scaring away beachgoers with their sting. What is the

Best way to treat jellyfish stings. Is it a with ice be with salt or sea with vinegar to treat them is with vinegar will find out later if that's right. Now as I mentioned in recent years tiny pieces of plastic called microplastic. I've been a significant problem for the world seas and oceans and found all over the world and Arctic ice at the bottom of the sea and even inside animals including humans. Can we search team of jellyfish ecologist looking into the problem here? She is speaking to BBC World Service program people fixing the world microplastics Plastics in general are being an increasing problem. They're everywhere when I was a little girl.

We were more environmentally friendly not knowing so we never use plastic bags to go shopping. We always went with the cloth bags. We never use plastic to put our vegetables in it the single use spoons or forks and knives. This is for me something unheard of when I was little girls. Don't cry when she was a child people were more environmentally friendly not harmful to the environment or having the least possible impact on it at that time. That was very few single use Plastics plastic items like spoons and forks designed to be used just once then thrown away single-use plastic bags, for example, where on the hood of surprising or shocking because they would not previously known about commonly used dramatically. In fact that's being such an increase in microplastics Saturday. Do you enlist plastic pollution as one of the world's top environmental threats, but how do jellyfish

Fit into the story. Where is the jelly part of jellyfish and specifically there sticky jelly like mucus to Decay is dr. Rodger again explaining walk to BBC World Service program people fixing the world the mucus. This is all I can buy a substance that is being excreted from a jellyfish might have. They are called the absorptive properties. So, it's me that the particles various particles can attach to this mucus. So could we use jellyfish and their mucus as a magnet for the microplastic particles jellyfish produce a thick sticky liquid cold mucus doctor water has discovered that this mucus has strong absorptive properties. It can absorb taking liquids and other substances and hold them in one of the substances jellyfish mucus absorbs all the particles that make up microplastics by trapping these tiny pieces of floating plastic.

Acts like a magnet an object that attracts certain materials like metal or in this case micro plastic waste have boosted. Jellyfish numbers this Nova way if using that mucus couldn't have come at a better time with free of microplastic polluted oceans for the cost of a few jellyfish stings speaking of which now, what was the correct on sexual quiz question way to treat jellyfish stings. What did you say to Regina? I said, it's C with vinegar vinegar activate pack a bottle of vinegar the next time you head to the beach and we've been hearing how scientists are using jellyfish. Mucus a thick sticky liquid produced in the body to break down Minecraft.

Ethics in the sea our addiction to single-use Plastics plastic items which are used only once then throw it away and which often get washed out to sea has created a situation which is definitely not environmentally friendly that means having a minimal impact on the environment until quite recently the problems of Minecraft edition on single-use plastic ware. I'm tired of surprising go shopping because of not having been previously known about sorry just so hoping that the mucus is absorptive qualities, its ability to absorb liquids and other substances and hold them will allow it to track particles of plastic floating in the sea making jellyfish mucus a magnet for pollution and object that attracts of materials usually Metals, but in this case microplastic waste do for this program, but to hear more about how these amazing sea creatures could help clean our oceans. Why not check out people fixing the world from the BBC World Service.

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