Saturday, November 24, 2007
When Jellyfish Attack
Jellyfish are causing quite a few problems these days. The gigantic Echizen Kurage (shown above and below) have returned to the Sea of Japan, destroying fishermen's nets and poisoning the fish. The Japanese have responded to the threat by finding ways to turn the beasts into tasty treats, including sushi and cookies. (Mmmm. Jellyfish cookies.) But even if they taste as good as they sound, there are still far too many Echizen Kurage for one small country to gobble down.
In other invertebrate news, billions of tiny jellyfish recently attacked a salmon farm off the coast of Ireland. The swarm of Mauve Stingers covered ten square miles and reached thirty-five feet deep. The poor fish never had a chance. The ocean was so thick with jellyfish that farm's owners were unable reach the salmon's cages. The boats just couldn't push through. Read more here and here.