Panama City Jellyfish Industry
Cannon Ball jellyfish washed on the beaches of Panama City
During certain times of the year estuaries along Florida's gulf coast are invaded by schools of cannon ball jellyfish. When the large schools of cannon ball jellyfish swim into St Andrews Bay in Panama City some inevitably get washed ashore on area beaches.
Cannon Ball jellyfish floundering in shallow waters of St Andrews Bay
In some countries, such as Japan, jellyfish are known as a delicacy.
"Dried jellyfish" has become increasingly popular throughout the world.
Fishing for cannon ball jellyfish off Panama City Beach
Fisheries have begun harvesting the American cannonball jellyfish, along the southern Atlantic coast of the United States and in the Gulf of Mexico where after processing they are exported to Asia
Cannonball jellyfish are caught by the use of surface trawls. Shrimp trawls operate by dragging the bottom.
Cannon Ball jellyfish trawler docked at St Andrews marina
The cannon ball jellyfish unfortunately spoils very fast after being caught and must be processed right away.
Unloading catch of jellyfish at the dock in St Andrews
This suction pipe is sucking tons of cannon ball jellyfish out of the hold on this converted shrimp boat.
Processing involves removing the water from the jellyfish by using salt and alum that draws water from the tissue of the animal.
OK, I did leave out a few steps like separating the umbrella part from the rubbery legs or tentacles and removing the guts & gonads.
Don't you know that would be fun!!!
After separating the head from the umbrella part dry salt and alum are applied to draw out the moisture.
From what I read more salt and alum is applied time and again as water is removed from from the jellyfish. It seems that the final product is a pretty dry patty.
Cannon Ball jellyfish washed up on Panama City Beach
In this picture you can see the umbrella part and the legs. Keep in mind that the legs and umbrella part are separated during the process that prepares them for food.In both China and Japan these jellyfish are used in salads and stir fries.
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