Thursday, January 19, 2006

Invasion of the giant jellyfish in Japan

Mysterious giant jellyfish known as the Nomura's jellyfish have invaded the Japanese coast and causing huge problems for the Japanese fishing community. From Reuters:
"It's a terrible problem. They're like aliens," Noriyuki Kani of the fisheries federation in Toyama, northwest of Tokyo, told Reuters ahead of the conference.

There are no official figures on the size of the problem, but Kani says the financial losses are obvious.

"If your nets are full of jellyfish, of course there is no space for fish," he said.
Wikipedia has an entry on the giant jellyfish. From Wikipedia:
Nomura's jellyfish (Stomolophus nomurai) is a very large Japanese jellyfish. Known in Japanese as echizen kurage, it is one of the largest species of jellyfish.

Growing up to 2m wide and weighing up to 200kg, with countless poisonous tentacles, they drift across the waters between China and Japan, causing problems for the local residents. Previously found mainly in the Yellow Sea, the Echizen's sting can be fatal, causing a build-up of fluid in the lungs. Victims can take up to a day to die.


Anonymous said...

The aliens are here!

Anonymous said...

The giant jellyfish are a result of Chinese experiment for the purpose of attacking Japan. How's that sound??

Anonymous said...

So when are they morphing into land moving, civilian attacking creatures?