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How do you tackle an invasion of giant jellyfish? Try making sushi
Times Online ^ | December 07, 2005 | Richard Lloyd Parry

Posted on 12/09/2005 10:26:52 AM PST by jb6

THEY are called echizen kurage and they sound like monsters from the trashier reaches of Japanese science fiction. They are 6ft wide and weigh 450lb (200kg), with countless poisonous tentacles, they have drifted across the void to terrorise the people of Japan. Vast armadas of the slimy horrors have cut off the country’s food supply. As soon as one is killed more appear to take its place.

Finally, the quarrelsome governments of the region are banding together to unite against the enemy.

Echizen kurage is not an extraterrestrial invader, but a giant jellyfish that is devastating the livelihoods of fishermen in the Sea of Japan. Nomura’s jellyfish, as it is known in English, is the biggest creature of its kind off Japan and for reasons that remain mysterious its numbers have surged in the past few months.

The problem has become so serious that fishery officials from Japan, China and South Korea are to meet this month for a “jellyfish summit” to discuss strategies for dealing with the invasion. Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party has formed a jellyfish countermeasures committee and fishermen are at work on technology to keep the marauders out of their nets.

The problem first became obvious in the late summer when fishermen chasing anchovies, salmon and yellowtail began finding huge numbers of the jellyfish in their nets.

Often the weight of the echizen kurage broke the nets or crushed the fish to death; those that survived were poisoned and beslimed by their tentacles.

Fishermen on the northern tip of Honshu, Japan’s main island, were forced to suspend work at the height of the lucrative salmon season.

In Akita prefecture some communities saw their incomes fall by 80 per cent. The gizzard shad fishers of South Korea have also been plagued by the Nomura’s.

In some places jellyfish density is reported to be a hundred times higher than normal. Worst of all, no one yet understands why. One theory is that global warming is heating up the seawater and encouraging jellyfish breeding.

Some observers blame heavy rains in China over the summer, which flowed out from rivers and propelled abnormal numbers of jellyfish towards Japan. Nutrients in its river water may have given them extra zip — or overfishing has allowed the growth of the populations of plankton on which the jellyfish feed.

Screens and meshes have been designed that allow fish through but keep out anything bigger, and a web of metal wires can be placed inside a net to chop the jellyfish to pieces.

In 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.

SEA MONSTERS

The most poisonous jellyfish is the Australian sea wasp, or box jellyfish, with enough venom to kill 60 people. Wearing tights is an effective defence The largest jellyfish ever found was a lion’s mane, with a bell 2m (7ft) across, and tentacles extending more than 35m The notorious Portuguese man o’war is not a jellyfish at all but a collection of different organisms including stinging tentacles Jellyfish have both male and female characteristics. A group releases sperm and eggs which mix in the water A collection of jellyfish is known as a smack


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: biology; ecology; ecoping; farming; fishing; jellyfish; marinebiology; misc; monsters; oceans; sea; wow

1 posted on 12/09/2005 10:26:55 AM PST by jb6
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To: jb6

Where's Godzilla when you need him?


2 posted on 12/09/2005 10:28:24 AM PST by neodad (Rule Number 1: Be Armed)
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To: jb6

Why?????
Either, it's Bush's fault, or it's global warming..


3 posted on 12/09/2005 10:28:52 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: jb6

looks photoshopped to me.


4 posted on 12/09/2005 10:29:16 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you.)
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To: jb6
One theory is that global warming is heating up the seawater and encouraging jellyfish breeding.

Might have known.

5 posted on 12/09/2005 10:29:29 AM PST by FOG724 (http://gravenimagemusic.com/)
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To: FOG724

Kind of like the moose by the Alaskan pipeline, I guess.


6 posted on 12/09/2005 10:30:45 AM PST by neodad (Rule Number 1: Be Armed)
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To: jb6

"The most poisonous jellyfish is the Australian sea wasp, or box jellyfish, with enough venom to kill 60 people."

Is there any indigenous animal life in Australia that DOESN'T kill, maim, poison or eat you?


7 posted on 12/09/2005 10:31:40 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: neodad

At this point, what isn't blamed on global warming?


8 posted on 12/09/2005 10:32:01 AM PST by FOG724 (http://gravenimagemusic.com/)
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To: jb6
...those that survived were poisoned and beslimed

9 posted on 12/09/2005 10:32:51 AM PST by evets (God bless president Bush!)
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To: blam; Carry_Okie; Chanticleer; ClearCase_guy; cogitator; CollegeRepublican; ...
ECO-PING

FReepmail me to be added or removed to the ECO-PING list!

10 posted on 12/09/2005 10:32:54 AM PST by GreenFreeper (Not blind opposition to progress, but opposition to blind progress)
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To: OpusatFR

Taizmania is much worse. And there's an island between the two that's supposed to be the world's deadliest where just about everything, from the sharks and salt water crocks to the various carniverous and boring insects, poisons, maims or kills you.


11 posted on 12/09/2005 10:33:12 AM PST by jb6 (The Atheist/Pagan mind, a quandary wrapped in egoism and served with a side order of self importance)
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To: jb6
"A collection of jellyfish is known as a smack."

"I was speeding, officer, to get to the local sushi bar to buy smack for my fraternity party"

12 posted on 12/09/2005 10:33:47 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Hey, Wilkerson...cowards cut and run. Marines never do!)
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To: FOG724

My final term paper's inability to complete itself. Pretty sure global warming didn't do that. Bush, I'm not sure, but definitly not global warming.


13 posted on 12/09/2005 10:34:06 AM PST by jb6 (The Atheist/Pagan mind, a quandary wrapped in egoism and served with a side order of self importance)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
We're going to smoke some crawdads.
All we need is a little pot.
14 posted on 12/09/2005 10:34:50 AM PST by jb6 (The Atheist/Pagan mind, a quandary wrapped in egoism and served with a side order of self importance)
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To: ken5050

I'll pick global warming.


15 posted on 12/09/2005 10:35:59 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: jb6
My final term paper's inability to complete itself.

Um, let me see... You were so worried about global warming that you couldn't consentrate. Or it was too warm or too cold, take your pick depending on your weather. How's that?

16 posted on 12/09/2005 10:36:40 AM PST by FOG724 (http://gravenimagemusic.com/)
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To: ken5050
One theory is that global warming is heating up the seawater and encouraging jellyfish breeding.

Both. Global warming IS Bush's fault.

17 posted on 12/09/2005 10:40:30 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: OpusatFR
Is there any indigenous animal life in Australia that DOESN'T kill, maim, poison or eat you?

Koala Bears are pretty harmless but they will poop on you if you hold them which is kind of nasty and the eucalyptus leaves they eat make it particularly pungent like Vicks Vapor Rub.

18 posted on 12/09/2005 10:41:46 AM PST by jackbenimble (Import the third world, become the third world)
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To: FOG724

Oh, I got one even better: the build up of carbon dioxide caused my attention deficit syndrom by blocking out the oxygen from my brain which is sheathed in fatty acids (from the meat I eat) and floride (from the water). If I only lived in a cave I wouldn't have this problem...but then again, I wouldn't be writing a paper either....see all things are solved by living like hunter-gatherers.


19 posted on 12/09/2005 10:46:23 AM PST by jb6 (The Atheist/Pagan mind, a quandary wrapped in egoism and served with a side order of self importance)
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To: jb6

Bravo!!!


20 posted on 12/09/2005 10:47:14 AM PST by FOG724 (http://gravenimagemusic.com/)
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To: FOG724

Is I be a bling-bling production of ma kultyraal bring up. It's the 90s and MTV who is ma edumicators. I axe u iz der nothin betta?


21 posted on 12/09/2005 10:48:57 AM PST by jb6 (The Atheist/Pagan mind, a quandary wrapped in egoism and served with a side order of self importance)
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To: jb6
I axe u iz der nothin betta?

LOL! Count your self lucky it wasn't the CA educational system.

22 posted on 12/09/2005 10:53:41 AM PST by FOG724 (http://gravenimagemusic.com/)
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To: jackbenimble
Koala Bears are pretty harmless but they will poop on you if you hold them which is kind of nasty and the eucalyptus leaves they eat make it particularly pungent like Vicks Vapor Rub.

LOL Please don't tell me that they use koala crap when they have a cold!!!

(cough-cough, snivvle) Mom, I don't feel good.

Hold on sweetie, I'll feed Fluffy some ex-lax and set him on your night stand and you'll be all better.
23 posted on 12/09/2005 10:58:40 AM PST by proud_yank (Experience Tolerance: tell a liberal you own guns and drive an SUV!)
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To: jb6
Is I be a bling-bling production of ma kultyraal bring up. It's the 90s and MTV who is ma edumicators. I axe u iz der nothin betta?

Word. Keep it real homey.
24 posted on 12/09/2005 11:02:04 AM PST by proud_yank (Experience Tolerance: tell a liberal you own guns and drive an SUV!)
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To: jb6
It's a matter of perspective. You just have to say, "Global warming -- caused by Bush -- made my office too hot. I had to go drink a beer, and take my clothes off to cool down. I got distracted, and therefore could not concentrate to finish my paper."

As a prof, I actually HEARD the excuse that "global warming's effect on the weather meant that I caught a cold, and couldnt come to my final exam."

25 posted on 12/09/2005 11:04:20 AM PST by Malacoda (The Posting Police annoy me)
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To: OpusatFR

Well . . Koalas, but you have to make SURE it's a koala, and not a Drop Bear. . .


26 posted on 12/09/2005 11:08:42 AM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: HankReardon

PING!


27 posted on 12/09/2005 11:10:31 AM PST by JDoutrider (Islam uses the same symbol I have on my outhouse door! Tell ya anything?)
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To: OpusatFR

You're safe with the platypus.


28 posted on 12/09/2005 11:42:23 AM PST by waverna
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To: OpusatFR
Is there any indigenous animal life in Australia that DOESN'T kill, maim, poison or eat you?

"Some of the sheep."

29 posted on 12/09/2005 11:45:33 AM PST by Grut
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To: FOG724

I'm sure that is it. If it is causing the sub normal sub zero temps this winter,(the forerunner of the global warming ice age, I guess), I guess it could cause that too.


30 posted on 12/09/2005 11:56:48 AM PST by midwyf
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To: waverna
The Platypus is also poisonous. "The male has a spur on the inner side of each hind limb, which is connected by means of a hollow groove to a poison gland. This spur is used to inflict wounds on natural enemies and other males, and may possibly play some part in mating. The poison is capable of inflicting a very painful injury to humans." http://www.dpiwe.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/WebPages/BHAN-53573T?open
31 posted on 12/09/2005 12:24:36 PM PST by Fraxinus
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To: OpusatFR

Steve Erwin


32 posted on 12/09/2005 12:28:15 PM PST by MortMan (Howard Dean; Stupid and Mean.)
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To: Fraxinus

Really! I guess I'll be sticking to the northern hemisphere from now on.


33 posted on 12/09/2005 1:29:36 PM PST by waverna
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To: jb6
How do you tackle an invasion of giant jellyfish?

Hmmmm.

F'i were king of the forest, I'd have President Fox announce a Guest Invertebrate Program for Republican Senators.

34 posted on 12/09/2005 1:55:28 PM PST by LTCJ
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To: camle
This doesn't even need to be photo shopped. Just point camera at a small jellyfish up close with a diver about 20 feet behind it and there you go.
35 posted on 12/09/2005 2:00:14 PM PST by fish hawk (creatio ex nihilo)
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To: jb6

36 posted on 12/09/2005 7:27:57 PM PST by RightWingAtheist (Free the Crevo Three!)
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To: Grut

. . . but only some of them. After all, the most dangerous critter on the planet is a clever sheep. . .


37 posted on 12/10/2005 6:46:46 AM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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