A Fun Trip To Kodaikanal And 9-Year-Old Discovers A New Species Of Jellyfish!

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| July 6 , 2017 , 14:08 IST

Ishan Abraham, a 9-year-old from Tamil Nadu wouldn't have even given a thought that his short vacation to Kodaikanal might turn out to be life-changing for him.

The little kid who happens to be a great science enthusiast went on to discover a new species of freshwater jellyfish thriving in the depths of Kodaikanal lake.

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His discovery will be included in the Animal Discoveries records by the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI).

Ishan is a student of 4th standard in Ida Scudder School in Vellore. He told TOI, 'I have always been curious about insects, fish, and other such creatures. I love to read about them and collect specimens from wherever I go'.

Ishan was on a family trip to Kodaikanal when he suddenly spotted a rare variety of Jellyfish. He tells, 'When we were boating in Kodai, I was intently looking into the water to spot fish. When I saw small jellyfish, I became curious. My father told me it was rare to find them in freshwater. So I decided to collect some specimens'.

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Kishore Pichamuthu, Ishan's father, works for Christian Medical College. He, along with his 9-year-old son, collected some samples of the 1-cm-wide creature. He was quoted, 'We found that none of the literature had mentioned this particular species. A specimen was taken to the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management at Anna University in Chennai and the Christian Medical College, Vellore where they were studied for more than six months'.

K Venkatram, a former director of the Zoological Survey of India confirmed the discovery stating, 'Freshwater jellyfish are extremely rare. The number of antennae and the reproductive system of this newly found creature is different from the earlier ones discovered from Khandala in Mumbai in 1912'.

It's a great discovery coming from such a young mind.