Jellyfish attack Japanese nuke plant!


The No.2 reactor at the Shimane nuclear power plant was attacked by an angry pack of jellyfish. As shown in the photo above and video below, the jellyfish mostly blocked the intake of the cooling seawater supply on Thursday evening.

The Shimane nuclear power plant provides much of the electricity to the Hiroshima region of western Japan, the No.2 reactor the only one functioning and online at the Shimane nuclear power plant, which was troublesome news since electricy demand was very high at the time because of the record-setting heatwave that Japan has been in the grips of this week.

TOKYO, June 24 (Reuters)…Japanese utilities are struggling to meet peak summer demand due to safety concerns after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s plant in Fukushima, north of Tokyo. The jellyfish managed to block the cooling system at one reactor at the Shimane plant on Thursday, prompting the operator to lower its generation capacity by 6 percent.more

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    Are Toxins in Seafood Causing ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s?
    May 2011 issue |
    What started as the discovery of an unknown disease in Guam has spread to a line of ominous findings about some of our most debilitating conditions and potential toxins lurking in bodies of water around the world
    Elijah Stommel, a neurologist at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical center in New Hampshire, often has to deliver bad news to his patients, but there is one diagnosis he particularly dreads. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, kills motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, progressively paralyzing the body until even swallowing and breathing become impossible. The cause of ALS is unknown. Though of little solace to the afflicted, Stommel used to offer one comforting fact: ALS was rare, randomly striking just two of 100,000 people a year
    Blooms of cyanobacteria are 
becoming increasingly 
common, fueling fears that 
their toxic by – product 
may be quietly fomenting an upsurge in ALS, 
Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s .
    Just when research seemed to have come to a dead end, the issue was revived by Paul Cox, then the director of the National Tropical Botanical Garden on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. As part of his research there, Cox studied bats, and that work led him to a flash of insight. He noted that the Chamorros of Guam liked to eat a local fruit bat, to such an extent that the animals had been hunted to near extinction by the late 1980s. Cox was intrigued by the diet of those bats: They feasted on cycad seeds. He proposed that BMAA had become concentrated, or biomagnified, in the bats to levels many times higher than those found in cycad flour. Among people who regularly ate fruit bats, he hypothesized, the cumulative dose of BMAA might have been sufficient to inflict brain damage. Moreover, the increasing scarcity of fruit bats (specifically, the kind called flying foxes) on Guam might explain why the outbreak of lytico-bodig had petered out
    Cyanobacteria are among the most ubiquitous organisms on earth. They are routinely found in soil but also in water, where the microbes form blooms familiar as the slimy green film often seen on the surfaces of rivers and lakes. Constituting the foundation of the aquatic food chain, cyanobacteria are a favorite meal of fish and mollusks, which are in turn eaten by us
    .BMAA Is a molecular gate-crasher. It is an amino acid, he explains, a chemical relative of the 20 molecules that make up all of the proteins in our cells. Most people’s bodies can metabolize or excrete the chemical interloper, but that may not happen in some genetically susceptible individuals. When they consume BMAA-tainted food or drink—be it bat stew, shellfish, or contaminated water—the molecule is not discarded; instead, it is taken up and deposited in the brain, forming what Cox calls a “toxic reservoir”
    ..Worldwide, he reports, blooms of cyanobacteria and algae are happening more frequently and over larger areas of both freshwater and salt water. The microbes reproduce more rapidly in warmer waters and thrive on runoff from sewage and agriculture. If fish eat more cyanobacteria and accumulate more BMAA in their bodies, he reasons, then the health impact on humans could well get worse.
    Brand is attempting to understand that risk by tracking how BMAA moves through the food chain in Florida wa­ters where regular cyanobacteria blooms occur. Many of the fish and shellfish specimens he sent to Mash’s lab contained no BMAA, but quite a few did. Bottom-feeders registered notably high, perhaps because cyanobacteria accumulate not only on the ocean surface but also along the seafloor. Compared with the amount of BMAA found in the fruit bats of Guam, the levels of the toxin Brand found in Florida oysters and mussels were moderate. But pink shrimp, largemouth bass, and blue crabs—all eaten by humans—contained levels comparable to or even exceeding those in the bats. One blue crab topped the charts with 7,000 parts per million of BMAA, twice as much toxin as found in a Guam bat
    Surprisingly, Cox agrees that the overall risk from BMAA is probably low. In fact, he eats shrimp and crab with relish. “ALS is very rare, and only a few people are genetically at risk,” he says. “Even if BMAA causes common disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, that still doesn’t mean we should shun seafood.” Commercial fishermen generally are not working in areas heavily contaminated with cyanobacteria, he notes, so the danger of exposure in the United States and Canada should be modest for those who eat typical store-bought or homegrown food and avoid drinking–as Cox puts it–“green, smelly” water
    The data suggest that ALS is 2.5 times more common than average within one-half mile of a lake or pond where cyanobacteria have bloomed. Stommel hypothesizes that people living around the lakes may have breathed in BMAA from the air, eaten fish contaminated with it, or accidentally swallowed it 
while swimming. He and Cox are conducting tests of brain bank tissue to see if the ALS patients in these regions do in fact have elevated levels of BMAA.

  2. 1. Woman creates Man
    2. Man destroys Man (debut)
    3. Nature destroys Man (debut)
    4. Man destroys Nature (2nd act)
    5. Woman creates Man (reprise)
    6. Man destroys Man (1st World Tour)
    7. Man destroys Man (2nd World Tour)
    8. Woman creates Man (2nd reprise)
    9. (Intermission)
    10. Man destroys Man (3rd World Tour)

    “Last scene of all,
    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

  3. The Deep Ones have arrived…..

    beacon of the deep ones
    are creatures in the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft. The beings are a race of frog-like, ocean-dwelling creatures with an affinity for mating with humans. Lovecraft describes of the Deep Ones in “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”:
    I think their predominant color was a greyish-green, though they had white bellies. They were mostly shiny and slippery, but the ridges of their backs were scaly. Their forms vaguely suggested the anthropoid, while their heads were the heads of fish, with prodigious bulging eyes that never closed. At the sides of their necks were palpitating gills, and their long paws were webbed. They hopped irregularly, sometimes on two legs and sometimes on four. I was somehow glad that they had no more than four limbs. Their croaking, baying voices, clearly used for articulate speech, held all the dark shades of expression which their staring faces lacked … They were the blasphemous fish-frogs of the nameless design – living and horrible.
    –The Shadow Over Innsmouth [H. P. Lovecraft, 1931]

  4. University calls for ‘urgent and costly’ research into jellyfish threat to postmen
    2011/07/05 | NewsBiscuit by Waylandsmithy
    Marine biologists alarmed at the recent increases in ‘blooms’ or swarms of jellyfish are demanding funding to investigate their effect on postmen.
    ‘Jellyfish numbers have increased dramatically in recent years,’ said Jim Rhodes, a marine biology researcher at Bristol University, ‘but no-one is quite sure of the ramifications for Britain’s struggling postal service. It’s important we get to the bottom of this.’
    Biologists need funding to charter a yacht and a mini-submarine capable of launching replica postmen into crystal-clear azure blue seas. The team have approached the Natural Environment Research Council seeking a grant of £350,000 and some vouchers for suncreammore

  5. Señales que pueden estar dándonos la naturaleza en conjunto, pondremos especial atención hoy en la Medusas…resulta curioso reconocer que éstos seres vivos y concientes que habitan nuestro océanos desde hace más de 500 millones de años (!) estén actuando “extrañamente” por llamarlo de alguna forma, en Escocia a principios de Julio una central nuclear tuvo que ser apagada debido al exceso de éstos organismos en los filtros de entrada de agua al sistema de enfriamiento del reactor, luego en Shimane Japón otro reactor se afectó debido al exeso de Medusas en el agua de los sistemas de enfriamiento.

  6. My four year old daughter sprinkled Ranch-flavored Doritios in her fish bowl after watching this. Her mom attempted to clean the mess but then masses of dayglo jellyfish started to explode out of bowl. Are Doritios radioactive too?

  7. Jellyfish are alien invaders, here to xeno-form our planet. They love basically everything we do to the planet, from pollution to overfishing to global warming. This is just further evidence, but by shutting down nuclear reactors, the only current viable alternative to fossil fuel power plants, they ensure we use more coal and oil power plants, contributing to the environmental change they love. We must top them before they begin constructing saltwater-filled vehicles to roam the lands and take over.

  8. I don’t get this.

    (BTW: Why is it so hard to find a decent hemorrhoid treatment? I have got hemorrhoids for the past six months on and off, they go away but then come back. I am actually getting more exercise.)

  9. woody whined:
    … I have got hemorrhoids for the past six months on and off…

    Oh this is just f*cking great…Now we’re getting hemorrhoid spam. (>_< )>

  10. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new plan in our neighborhood to create a R’lyeh Rehabilitation Resort. Your site provided us with valuable information to help in our mission is to rehabilitate and ultimately release into their natural habitat, injured, orphaned and displaced tentacled beasts of the Mythos. You’ve done an impressive job propagation of the Truest Evil, Cthulhu!

  11. Do you think your “banks teetering on the brink of the abyss” matter a jot to beautiful, aristocratic bottom-feeders like the three-spined diacria trispinosa? Do you really imagine “Presidential Approval Ratings” are matters of even the slightest passing concern to a pteropod?molu
    “Austerity packages” and “hacking scandals” aren’t even blips on the radar for the cold-water worms, sea cucumbers and sea butterflies of the polar oceans.
    “Acid rain” and “global warming”, however, do concern them. They take these things as a personal affront and, despite their generous and easy-going disposition, are starting to hold you responsible.
    You probably read in the papers about how great was this thing called “the Industrial Revolution”. Spinning wheels, steam trains, that sort of thing. Well, it had a downside. Carbon dioxide released by centuries of industry is being absorbed into the oceans. They’re turning slowly into acid.

    So next time you tremble at the beauty of the pteropods, remember that — even with the best will in the world — they’re starting to hate you, with your spiralling population and your belching factories. They’ve considered terrorism, but they don’t have the heart for it. Now they’re thinking of leaving the planet, but they haven’t got the space program together yet.

    —via Mrs Tsk *

  12. JEDI alliance: Jellyfish overlords won't rule Earth after all
    The Register | 2nd February 2012
    The worldwide jellyfish-threat trouser state was officially downgraded …Despite the (cough) well-publicised menace posed by such things as the fridge-sized, quarter-ton monster jellies which routinely choke the Sea of Japan… it seems that in fact there’s not great need to panic.
    International boffins, allied under the banner Jellyfish Database Initiative (JEDI) have collated all available data on jelly populations worldwide. They say that in fact, regardless of the various wobbling menaces highlighted in the more irresponsible sections of the media, there’s nothing to show an overall increase in jellyfish population.
    “Clearly, there are areas where jellyfish have increased, the situation with the Giant Jellyfish in Japan is a classic example,” says Dr Cathy Lucas of Blighty's National Oceanography Centre, one of the JEDI alliance. “But there are also areas where jellyfish have decreased, or fluctuate over the decadal periods.”

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