Skip to comments.Norway Fjord Invaded by Monster Jellyfish
Posted on 07/01/2014 6:16:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Norway's Beitstadfjord has been so severely invaded by monster deep sea jellyfish that, just two years since their arrival, they have driven out all of the local fish.
The innermost arm of the Trondheimsfjord now holds an estimated 40,000 tonnes of the helmet jellyfish, only a few years after the fiery red peril first appeared in its waters.
According to Norway's VG newspaper, Jarle Mork, a researcher at NTNU in Trondheim, caught vast quantities of the slimy animal in a single trawl.
"We took up 3.5 tons of monster jellyfish in under ten minutes," he said. "There was a tremendous amount more than we expected. The trawler winch was just about to give way."
Periphylla periphylla usually lives at depths of 1,000 meters but has in recent decades began invading the shallow waters of the fjords.
"The helmet jellyfish is a real beast which has now established itself as the top predator in the inner Trondheimsfjord," he said.
John Boehner is in Norway ?
Quick, see if peanut butter is lethal to it!
Ah, not to worry. The Japanese will figure out a way to make it a delicacy! ;-)
Call the Filipinos.
tell them it tastes just like whale!
I wonder if they are edible? If so, yum!
I heard that Rosie O’Donnell might be coming back, but in Norway?
Eating a Boehner would only serve to turn you orange, give you the trots, and an uncontrollable crying jag.
They were pining for the fjords.
Pining for the....
Oh never mind.
Other than being gross, they may or may not be stinging type jellyfish. But you go first to see.
Sahlla to Indiana Jones: Asps, very dangerous... you go first.
Peanut-butter and jellyfish?
“Like many jellyfish Periphylla periphylla has large stinging cells on its tentacles that it uses to attack prey.”
“It is also interesting that they occur in large numbers in Norwegian fjords, and seem to have taken the place of fish in the ecosystem - in the case of Lurefjorden at least.”
That’s more than interesting: What if these creatures begin replacing the fish in MANY locations?
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