This is a funny sort of story to read on my honeymoon—the story of a new bride or bride-to-be who escapes into the ocean.
I’m not planning any such escape.
But I do find jellyfish interesting. They can be so beautiful in the water, so peculiar washed up on the beach. They thrive, evidently, in exactly the kind of conditions caused by warming oceans—increased acidification and decreased oxygen—that hurts pretty much everything else. What a strange thing to contemplate, a reversal of evolution, the resurrection of invertebrate dominance.
All of that flowed into the story of radical reclamation of agency.
This video was made at Gulf Shores, Alabama. The beach was sparsely populated, and was just perfect for strolling in the surf, or for sitting and reading this story out loud.
This story was a finalist in a monthly flash competition at Retreat West.
Look at this jellyfish! It looks like a sand dollar!
Also, I need to learn to size photos…