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PHOTOS: Japanese fishermen brace for giant jellyfish
cnn ^ | 3 hours, 7 minutes ago | Shelby Lin Erdman

Posted on 07/19/2009 5:25:17 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Giant jellyfish descend on the Sea of Japan, causing untold devastation to coastal villages and leaving a trail of destruction and human misery behind. Sounds like a great sci-fi flick. But it's not. It's real and it's a nightmare for Japanese fishermen.

The massive sea creatures, called Nomura's jellyfish, can grow 6 feet in diameter and weigh more than 450 pounds. Scientists think they originate in the Yellow Sea and in Chinese waters. For the third year since 2005, ocean currents are transporting them into the Sea of Japan. Monty Williams, a marine biologist at Alabama's Dauphin Island Sea Lab, said the jellyfish grow to an enormous size as they are transported by ocean currents. He said they stay together in packs and as they drift northward, they get caught in fishermen's nets.

The giant jellyfish are one of about 200 species of coastal jellyfish or large jellyfish that exist around the world. But Nomura's stands out because of its enormous size.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: jellyfish

A diver attaches a sensor to a Nomura's jellyfish off the coast of northern Japan in October 2005.


1 posted on 07/19/2009 5:25:17 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Those are some big-ass jelly fish! Yikes!


2 posted on 07/19/2009 5:28:29 PM PDT by Batman11 (Chicago, Land of Lincoln who freed the slaves and Land of Obama who enslaved the free.)
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To: Batman11

CALLING AL GORP—CALLING AL GORP!!!


3 posted on 07/19/2009 5:29:58 PM PDT by taillightchaser (When a democrat says "The American people" you know the next words out of his mouth will be lies.)
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To: JoeProBono

Jellyfish have always seemed otherworldly to me.


4 posted on 07/19/2009 5:30:54 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

“the blob” w/ stinging tentacles


5 posted on 07/19/2009 5:32:20 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: JoeProBono
>The massive sea creatures, called Nomura's jellyfish, ... originate in ... Chinese waters

First tainted cat food
and now giant jellyfish.
Thanks a lot, China!

6 posted on 07/19/2009 5:33:55 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Army Air Corps

Goats seem pretty otherworldly too. Something about those funky eyes.


7 posted on 07/19/2009 5:35:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: theFIRMbss

Almost haiku.

Not quite.


8 posted on 07/19/2009 5:35:22 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: JoeProBono
Obammy’s fault.

Are they as good as calamari? Do they sting?

9 posted on 07/19/2009 5:35:57 PM PDT by garyhope
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To: JoeProBono

Why can’t they be used for “something’

Just sayin !!!


10 posted on 07/19/2009 5:36:44 PM PDT by Jeffrey_D. (veritas odium parit)
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To: Secret Agent Man

11 posted on 07/19/2009 5:38:08 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Are they edible?


12 posted on 07/19/2009 5:38:33 PM PDT by LiberConservative (I think Liberals are idiots and I VOTE!)
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To: Army Air Corps

13 posted on 07/19/2009 5:40:01 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
Carp! I'd hate to meet up with one of those critters if I were snorkeling or scuba diving!

Makes me wonder if that goo that has shown up floating on the water near AK is some leftovers of one of these giants!

14 posted on 07/19/2009 5:40:30 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: LiberConservative

“Are they edible?”

Yes, with Skippy peanut butter on wonder white bread :-)


15 posted on 07/19/2009 5:40:38 PM PDT by rdax
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To: garyhope

“Are they as good as calamari? Do they sting?”

I’ll bet they do sting.. and consume as well!


16 posted on 07/19/2009 5:42:37 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: Jeffrey_D.

n the meantime locals are making the best of it — rather than just complaining about jellyfish they are eating them.

Jellyfish are an unusual ingredient of Japanese cuisine but are much more prized in China. Coastal communities are doing their best to promote jellyfish as a novelty food, sold dried and salted.

Students in Obama have managed to turn them into tofu, and jellyfish collagen is reported to be beneficial to the skin.


17 posted on 07/19/2009 5:44:08 PM PDT by razorback-bert (We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.)
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To: JoeProBono

Looks like a lot of trouble for food.
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How to Soften and Prepare Jellyfish

Jellyfish are salted and flaccid to the touch. Strictly speaking they are preserved, not dried. The best kind is amber in color, large thick and firm pieces. It doesn’t have any special taste of its own but its gelatinous texture is highly enjoyable. Usually used in salad and indispensable in assorted cold starters.

To soften the jellyfish:

1. Since it is difficult to cut it flat, roll it tightly and cut into 1 to 2 inches pieces.
2. Drop in the jellyfish in plenty of hot water, separating pieces. Cook, stirring with chopsticks.
3. When it is cooked and starts shrinking, drain on a colander and drop into cold water.
4. Wash well under cold water to soften and to draw excess salt.
5. Immerse in cold water for 1 to 3 days to draw salt.

Simple jellyfish recipe as snack

Cut into very fine shreds and serve with a seasoning sauce of 1 tsp. sesame oil, 1 tsp. light soy sauce, ½ tsp white vinegar, ½ tsp. sugar and a pinch of MSG (these quantities are sufficient for 2 sheets of jellyfish)
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I suggest fertilizer !!!


18 posted on 07/19/2009 5:50:54 PM PDT by Jeffrey_D. (veritas odium parit)
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To: JoeProBono

Good Lord. Are those photos real? I am afraid of the little ones.


19 posted on 07/19/2009 5:51:15 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: JoeProBono
I think we're gonna need a bigger net

Photobucket

20 posted on 07/19/2009 5:56:14 PM PDT by IrishPennant (RLT = Radical Left Terrorism...feel it????)
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To: Batman11

And ugly-ass as well.


21 posted on 07/19/2009 6:09:15 PM PDT by pankot
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To: JoeProBono

Now those are creepy! With that being said, once the Japanese figure out how to slice’em, dice’em and serve’em, they won’t be a problem anymore........


22 posted on 07/19/2009 6:13:45 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Who's your Long Legged MacDaddy?)
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To: JoeProBono

What actually eats these besides stupid humans with weird food fetishes?

Seriously, what are these things natural predators?


23 posted on 07/19/2009 6:14:08 PM PDT by Chewbacca (He isn't POTUS until he shows a birth certificate. Refer to him only as Barry until he does.)
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To: cripplecreek
Goats seem pretty otherworldly too. Something about those funky eyes.

Yup. I did some hiking on Crete once. At the end of a long jaunt I ended up on the south of the island on the beach. Drank a half bottle of ouzo and went to sleep under the shade of a tree. Apparently there was a goat herd kept nearby. When I woke and opened my eyes there were about a dozen goats gathered around my prostrate body looking down at me. They were all just staring at me with those freaky eyes... It was very... disconcerting.

24 posted on 07/19/2009 6:16:39 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: Prodigal Son

Was that the Samarian Gorge? I met up with some evil looking goats when I finished my trek 20 or so years ago:)


25 posted on 07/19/2009 6:27:02 PM PDT by nycgal
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To: BibChr
>The massive sea creatures, called Nomura's jellyfish, ... originate in ... Chinese waters
>>First tainted cat food / and now giant jellyfish. / Thanks a lot, China!
>>>Almost haiku. Not quite.


Visited Wal*Mart.
Now they're selling summer pets.
Giant jellyfish.

26 posted on 07/19/2009 6:29:23 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Chewbacca
Ocean sunfish and sea turtles (such as Leatherback Turtles) are predators of jellyfish.


27 posted on 07/19/2009 7:14:41 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: theFIRMbss

LOL

Bingo


28 posted on 07/19/2009 7:21:32 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: LiberConservative

I heard they’re OK on bread with peanut budder.


29 posted on 07/19/2009 7:34:25 PM PDT by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the hell out of the way!)
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To: rdax

Damn Beat me to it!


30 posted on 07/19/2009 7:35:16 PM PDT by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the hell out of the way!)
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To: Prodigal Son

LOL what a great story.....My brother worked nights as a cop in Mpls so he decided around 5:30 am to park his squad car in a lot by the MN river and decided to take a nap. He woke up to the U of MN womens crew team staring at him.....


31 posted on 07/19/2009 7:44:15 PM PDT by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: JoeProBono

But are they good to eat...sushi or otherwise?


32 posted on 07/19/2009 9:04:52 PM PDT by Budge (Who will protect us from the protectors?)
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To: nycgal
Was that the Samarian Gorge?

Yep. The very same. It is a very nice walk. Lovely gorge and then you can go for a swim in the sea afterwards.

33 posted on 07/20/2009 2:24:40 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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