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Invasion of Jellyfish Envelops Japan In Ocean of Slime
The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 27, 2007 | By Sebastian Moffett

Posted on 11/27/2007 7:05:35 PM PST by JACKRUSSELL

Pink 450-Pound Blobs Clog Nets but Spur New Recipes; Pointing Fingers at China

(OKI, Japan) -- Fisherman Ryoichi Yoshida pulled in his nets before dawn one morning, hoping for lots of yellowtail and mackerel. But the fish were overwhelmed by a heaving mass of living pink slime.

The creatures, called Nomura jellyfish, can measure six feet across and weigh up to about 450 pounds. They have been drifting en masse to places like Oki, a small island 40 miles off the coast, bobbing beneath the surface of the water like pink mines. They rip holes in fishermen's nets, and they poison fish.

"Normally, we just bring up the nets and it takes about an hour," said the weather-beaten Mr. Yoshida, 61 years old, after his crew had cleared the jellyfish out of the nets using long poles and hooks. "Now it takes two or three hours. And some of the fish escape."

WSJ's Sebastian Moffett reports from a Japanese boat where a scientist catches jellyfish, part of a new wave that's menacing fisherman.

Until 2002, these giant creatures were seen only occasionally in Japanese waters. But for the past five years, they have been swarming every year into the Sea of Japan, the water that separates Japan from mainland Asia. During the biggest invasion so far, in 2005, an estimated 500 million jellyfish -- not yet mature -- drifted in each day......

......Scientists have various ideas about what causes the outbreak. One has devised a computer model of ocean currents that suggests the jellyfish are breeding off the Chinese coast near the mouth of the Yangtze River. One theory is that pollution, perhaps linked to industrialization in China, is helping create more algae in the sea. The algae are food for plankton, which is......

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TOPICS: Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; japan; jellyfish; marinebiology
Video: Invasion of Jellyfish Envelops Japan In Ocean of Slime
1 posted on 11/27/2007 7:05:37 PM PST by JACKRUSSELL
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To: Duchess47; jahp; LilAngel; metmom; EggsAckley; Battle Axe; SweetCaroline; Grizzled Bear; ...
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2 posted on 11/27/2007 7:05:55 PM PST by JACKRUSSELL
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To: SevenofNine

New Monster Threatens Tokyo.


3 posted on 11/27/2007 7:07:10 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

of COURSE it could be due to global warming! it’s bush’s fault.


4 posted on 11/27/2007 7:08:54 PM PST by thefactor
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To: JACKRUSSELL

5 posted on 11/27/2007 7:10:43 PM PST by the invisib1e hand
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Where is the Iron Chef when you need him...

Create a dish and commercially fish for them.


6 posted on 11/27/2007 7:14:58 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Maybe the jellyfish will consume the giant mushrooms.


7 posted on 11/27/2007 7:16:58 PM PST by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

The Japanese made raw fish (sushi) the “rave” of the world. They will, undoubtedly, turn all this “jellyfish slime” into something the rest of the world will pay big money for.


8 posted on 11/27/2007 7:23:24 PM PST by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Scientists have various ideas about what causes the outbreak. One has devised a computer model of ocean currents that suggests the jellyfish are breeding off the Chinese coast near the mouth of the Yangtze River. One theory is that pollution, perhaps linked to industrialization in China...


WTF? No “Global Warming” hype?

I need a beer!


9 posted on 11/27/2007 7:23:58 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: SandRat

Must be long lost relative of Godzilla?


10 posted on 11/27/2007 7:25:48 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Grizzled Bear

Jellyfish do better than fish in warmer water. So their boom may be caused by global warming.
Then again, with overfishing wiping out the fish, the jelly fish may be exploding due to lack of competition and lack of predators (since large fish often eat small jellies).


11 posted on 11/27/2007 7:29:03 PM PST by tbw2 (Science fiction with real science - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: tbw2

My point was that the article specified problems that involved China’s industry and did not mention Global Warming.


12 posted on 11/27/2007 7:31:14 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: tbw2

Must you use logic to address these knee-jerk reactions?!


13 posted on 11/27/2007 7:34:18 PM PST by sagar
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To: JACKRUSSELL; trisham

Dory, Dory, look out, Dory? Okay, let's play a game...

14 posted on 11/27/2007 7:35:10 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: sagar

Sarcasm noted.


15 posted on 11/27/2007 7:35:28 PM PST by tbw2 (Science fiction with real science - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: SevenofNine
Must be long lost relative of Godzilla?

Or Mothra, in which case only these girls can save Japan:


16 posted on 11/27/2007 7:38:43 PM PST by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Can’t we just introduce some peanutbutterfish?


17 posted on 11/27/2007 7:39:42 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Can you fry a jelly fish in a wok?


18 posted on 11/27/2007 7:41:42 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

19 posted on 11/27/2007 7:48:27 PM PST by ari-freedom (I don't want Huckabee or Applebee...give me someone from Tennessee!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Nomura jellyfish

That's what the Japanese fishermen exclaim when they draw their nets...

20 posted on 11/27/2007 7:56:30 PM PST by mikrofon (Nomura, prease...)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Haha, old school!


21 posted on 11/27/2007 8:12:52 PM PST by Fire_on_High (I am so proud of what we were...)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

22 posted on 11/27/2007 8:14:04 PM PST by dfwgator (RIP Dr. Cade)
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To: doc1019

“The Japanese made raw fish(sushi)...”

Actually, raw fish is referred to as sashimi. Sushi is a rice roll that is rapped with various victuals.

This is a common mistake.


23 posted on 11/27/2007 8:28:49 PM PST by This Just In
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Next we’ll see invasion of the peanut butter creatures sans the slime.


24 posted on 11/27/2007 8:28:59 PM PST by 444Flyer ("Oly Oly Oxen Free!" Heb 9:27, Rev 22:17,John 3:1-36, Jude 9, Eph 6, Rev 12:11, Jer 29:13-14)
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To: This Just In

Thank you for you educational seminar, greatly appreciated. However, if I were to mention sashimi to the average American citizen, he or she would have no idea what I was talking about. If I say … sushi, they would. Thus my reference to sushi.


25 posted on 11/27/2007 8:39:13 PM PST by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

450 pound jellyfish? Sounds like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAKfGjdh5as


26 posted on 11/27/2007 8:49:56 PM PST by garjog (Used to be liberals were just people to disagree with. Now they are a threat to our existence.)
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To: thefactor

Yea, I’m wondering how that Bush pulled this one off.
Being a moron and all he still never ceases to amaze me!!


27 posted on 11/27/2007 8:58:22 PM PST by mowowie
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To: doc1019

“...if I were to mention sashimi to the average American citizen, he or she would have no idea what I was talking about...”

Which is precisely why I provide these culinary seminars(unsolicited, of course).

Care for some sashimi? :^)


28 posted on 11/27/2007 9:00:02 PM PST by This Just In
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To: JACKRUSSELL

I saw these things in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of Korea. They’re pretty impressive.


29 posted on 11/27/2007 9:24:10 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: ari-freedom
I USED TO LOOK LIKE THIS.
30 posted on 11/27/2007 9:36:22 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (- Attention all planets of the solar Federation--Secret plan codeword: Banana)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

31 posted on 11/27/2007 9:48:44 PM PST by BBell
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To: JACKRUSSELL

32 posted on 11/27/2007 9:49:44 PM PST by BBell
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To: puroresu

That kicking it old school LOL!


33 posted on 11/27/2007 10:56:40 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: mikrofon
"That's what the Japanese fishermen exclaim when they draw their nets..."


    LOL!!

You so funny!

34 posted on 11/28/2007 12:39:28 PM PST by Salem (What can men do against such reckless hate? ... Ride out with me. Ride out and meet them!)
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