Monday, July 20, 2009

Giant Jellyfish Returning to Japan to Lay Waste to Everything

"Giant jellyfish descend on the Sea of Japan, causing untold devastation to coastal villages and leaving a trail of destruction and human misery behind." CNN. This is the reporting from Japan, where real-life mutants are coming from the sea to wreak havok. (Godzilla once battled a giant mutant jellyfish, but it looked a little different.)

As we reported a while back, changes in ocean currents have been bringing massive, 450-pound jellyfish to the waters off of Japan.
The massive sea creatures, called Nomura's jellyfish, can grow 6 feet (1.83 meters) in diameter and weigh more than 450 pounds (204 kilos). Scientists think they originate in the Yellow Sea and in Chinese waters. For the third year since 2005, ocean currents are transporting them into the Sea of Japan.

As noted in the earlier post, besides being freakishly large and scary, these giant jellyfish cause real damage by clogging up and tearing through the complex set of underwater nets set by fishermen off the coast. Which raises the disturbing (and admittedly ridiculous) possibility that these giant jellyfish have, in some way, been "sent" by the ocean to strike back at humans and our unsustainable use of the oceans. Now, if only the giant jellyfish could clog up the propellers on modern-day whaling ships....