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Japan braces for a massive jellyfish attack wave

6:00 PM on 08.27.2009 // Dale North

Jellyfish. Ew. Why? Why were these creatures created? You can't do anything with them, but they can f*ck you up. I'm glad I don't have to deal with them. Japan does. And if what experts are saying is correct, a big wave of jellyfish is headed their way. What sucks is that this particular type of jellyfish is one of the largest in the world. Great.

Nomura's jellyfish can grow up to about 7 feet long and can weigh over 400 pounds. Just one of them would be my worst nightmare, but Professor Shinichi Uye, a jellyfish expert at Graduate School of Biosphere Science of Hiroshima University, says that they're coming in a huge wave. 

"We have reports of massive bloomings of young jellyfish near the Chinese coast, where the ecosystems of the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea are favorable for breeding," said Uye.

Great. A couple of years back, Japan saw a similar trend. In 2007, there were 15,500 reports of damage to fishing gear caused by these bastards. They're not sure why these jellyfish are ramping up in numbers, but they are, and they're incoming. Shimane, Kyoto and Niigata prefectures have already reported sightings.


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