The Attack of the Killer Jellyfish!

This Japanese story seems to have become the bored reporter’s friend: The Attack of the Killer Jellyfish! Always great pictures–the jellyfish show up every winter—nothing really changes.
See the previous 3Yen report: “Attack of the giant jellyfish!”
Ok, ok, let me bring one fact you can casually drop at the next party you’re at: “Did you know that Japan now has a massive smack problem? A collection of jellyfish is known as a “smack.”

Japan grapples with invasion of giant jellyfish
TOKYO (Reuters) —- A slimy jellyfish weighing as much as a sumo wrestler has Japan’s fishing industry in the grip of its poisonous tentacles.Vast numbers of Echizen kurage, or Nomura’s jellyfish, have appeared around Japan’s coast since July, clogging and ripping fishing nets and forcing fishermen to spend hours hacking them apart before bringing home their reduced catches……more…
slimy jellyfish

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4 thoughts on “The Attack of the Killer Jellyfish!”

  1. Ya, I read this and my first thought was “EWWW!” The picture of it in the net just looks like a pool of guts or something.

  2. The jellyfish in Yokohama harbor get so thick in the late summer I swear I can walk on water.

  3. The Deep Ones are planning their attack on the world…

    —WELCOME CNIDARIA OVERLORDS—
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    Are giant jellyfish evolving to take over the seas?
    io9.com | Sept. 15, 2011
    With fish numbers all over the world falling thanks to overfishing and habitat destruction, a surprising predator has sprung up to take their place — the jellyfish. Due to their low energy requirements, the floating blobs of stingers don’t need to be quite as active or accurate to spread and fill the ecological niche afforded them by changes in the ecosystem.
    Even more curiously, the jellyfish appear to be adapting to be better hunters, too. An active predator fish has to spot prey and chase after it, but the Medusozoa just passively wait for their prey to come into contact with their poison stingers. So jellyfish are evolving into larger and even slower moving organisms, able to cover more area with their tendrils while still needing only small amounts of energy to survive.
    MOAR!….

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