Giant Sea Jellies

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Giant Sea Jellies

Postby DoctorAtlantis » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:42 pm

Japan is toast.

According to CNN:

Giant jellyfish descend on the Sea of Japan, causing untold devastation to coastal villages and leaving a trail of destruction and human misery behind.


Wow! Those must be some bad jellyfish!
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MonsterQuest already did an episode on this. I'm not sure if I'd classify these as monsters or not. They're certainly big - but that's normal for their species. It's the vast number of them that's disconcerting.

The CNN article suggests that there is no known reason why the past three years have had such large numbers of these creatures, but to date no one is implicating the imminent rise of Cthulhu and his city of R'leyah. Unless this counts?
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Re: Giant Sea Jellies

Postby Jedischooldropout » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:43 pm

Cthulhu... = massive LOL

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Re: Giant Sea Jellies

Postby idoubtit » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:43 pm

First, San Diego with squid,
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009 ... _it_sh.php
now Japan.

It's the rise of the invertebrates.

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Re: Giant Sea Jellies

Postby DoctorAtlantis » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:44 pm

As Scrooge would say... Bah, Humboldt.

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Re: Giant Sea Jellies

Postby idoubtit » Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:29 pm

I'm having a SpongeBob moment. It's the Queen Jellyfish.

I saw an exhibit at the National Aquarium a few weeks ago on the Jelly Invasion. Those critters are eating good. Their growth and proliferation signal that the ocean is out of balance; a bit too much nutrients.

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Re: Giant Sea Jellies

Postby OlegTheBatty » Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:37 pm

DoctorAtlantis wrote:Japan is toast.

According to CNN:

Giant jellyfish descend on the Sea of Japan, causing untold devastation to coastal villages and leaving a trail of destruction and human misery behind.


Wow! Those must be some bad jellyfish!


I was picturing something like this
How'd the jellyfish do THAT?
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Re: Giant Sea Jellies

Postby Matthew Ellard » Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:16 am

OlegTheBatty wrote:I was picturing something like this
How'd the jellyfish do THAT?


The japanese edition of Playboy's annual jelly fish wrestling contest for overweight women?

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Re: Giant Sea Jellies

Postby Bart Stewart » Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:58 pm

As everyone here probably knows, some sea jellies are indeed BAD jellies. Brush up against certain types of these damned things and you are either dead or wishing earnestly that you were dead. These are the real sea monsters as far as I'm concerned! My hope is that climate change is not going to mean that all my favorite North American swimming beaches are suddenly teeming with toxic sea jellies. And some of them are so small they can slip through exclusion netting.

The pain is said to be like a hot iron, and it doesn't let up. Supposedly splashing vinegar on the wound is all that helps! I think Australia has the worst problem with them, but an Aussie told me once it is a rare occurence even there.


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