The freshwater jellyfish @ Ijams made WVLT 8's 6 o'clock news last night. And who doesn't prefer a nice miniature aqueous critter story to a convenience store robbery or home break in?
News anchor, 30-year veteran Alan Williams, has worked for all three local TV news departments: WBIR, WATE and now WVLT. He's also from Knoxville, so he knows a good local story when he hears one.
Alan and photo journalist Keith Smith met me at Mead's Quarry Lake yesterday and we talked jelly, i.e. gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell cnidarian with trailing stinging tentacles and with adult medusa that pulsate for locomotion. So what could be more interesting than that?
The adult jellyfish medusa will be gone soon, so this weekend is a good time to rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard from River Sports at Ijams and see them for yourself. But keep in mind, you're looking for penny-sized transparent jellies in a 25-acre lake. Patience and sharp eyes required.
For Alan's story click: Jellyfish found in East Tennessee.
- Stephen Lyn Bales
|WVLT News Anchor Alan Williams with co-anchor Amanda Hara|
|WVLT Photo Journalist Keith Smith|
|Paddleboarders searching for jellies.|