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now here's a diver's worst nightmare!! :eek:



A diver is dwarfed by a giant nomura jellyfish in waters off Echizen, Japan









TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- A slimy jellyfish weighing as much as a sumo wrestler has Japan's fishing industry in the grip of its poisonous tentacles.

Vast numbers of Echizen kurage, or Nomura's jellyfish, have appeared around Japan's coast since July, clogging and ripping fishing nets and forcing fishermen to spend hours hacking them apart before bringing home their reduced catches.

Representatives of fishing communities around the country gathered in Tokyo on Thursday, hoping to thrash out solutions to a pest that has spread from the Japan Sea to the Pacific coast.

"It's a terrible problem. They're like aliens," Noriyuki Kani of the fisheries federation in Toyama, northwest of Tokyo, told Reuters ahead of the conference.

There are no official figures on the size of the problem, but Kani says the financial losses are obvious.

"If your nets are full of jellyfish, of course there is no space for fish," he said.

Cutting up and disposing of the giants can turn a three-hour fishing trip into a 10-hour marathon, while valuable fish are poisoned or crushed under the weight of the unwanted catch.

And what a catch. One Echizen kurage can be up to 2 meters (6 feet, 7 inches) in diameter and weigh up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds).

Despite their size, the invertebrates aren't toxic enough to cause serious harm to humans, but fishermen often wear goggles and protective clothing to avoid stings when dealing with them.

Much about the jellyfish, the largest variety found in the Sea of Japan, remains a mystery, according to Hitoshi Iizumi of the Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute in Niigata.

Researchers have suggested they drift to Japan on currents after reproducing in South Korean or Chinese waters, a theory that Japan wants to investigate with the other two nations.

But with relations between Japan and its nearest neighbors at a low ebb, Tokyo wants to avoid apportioning blame.

"We have a neutral stance," said Yukihiko Sakamoto of the National Fisheries Agency, which organized Thursday's conference.

'Culinary solution'



"It doesn't matter whether the jellyfish come from South Korean waters or Japanese waters. We just want to do something to minimize the damage to the fishing industry," he said.

Spikes in population have occurred in the past, notably in 1958, but consecutive outbreaks in 2002 and 2003 prompted the government to seek reasons and solutions.

Scientists have suggested global warming might be a factor.

Some fishermen have had some success in combating the intruders by introducing guide nets with larger than usual holes.

Jellyfish are simply swept through the holes by water currents, while other fish tend to notice the nets and swim alongside them, eventually being trapped in the fishing nets.

"By altering the way we fish, we have probably secured 80 to 90 percent of our normal catch," said fisherman Masatoshi Kuruma, who said he has in the past found up to 3,000 jellyfish in his nets off Nyuzenmachi in Toyama prefecture.

Officials at Thursday's conference are also set to propose a forecasting system that would allow fishermen to prepare for the next onslaught of the jumbo jellyfish.

South Korean fishermen have been suffering similar woes, but China, where giant jellyfish are a delicacy often served dried and dressed with sesame oil, does not seem to have registered the outbreak as a major problem, Japanese officials said.

Seaside communities in Japan have tried to capitalize on the menace by developing novel jellyfish dishes from tofu to ice cream, but for some reason the recipes have failed to take off.

Participants at Thursday's conference said they had experimented with feeding the jellyfish to farmed crabs and using them as fertilizer.
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EGADS!! That thing is freakin' HUGE.



I had no idea they got that big.







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Anyone want to buy my diving suit with all the gear?


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Uncle Kram wrote: Anyone want to buy my diving suit with all the gear?heck, i'm GIVING mine away! :rolleyes:
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What would you do if you actually saw that thing face to face. I probably would be more scared of that than a shark...

On second thought, I would be more scared of a shark.

I wonder how fast he moves????
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Jm33 wrote: What would you do if you actually saw that thing face to face. I probably would be more scared of that than a shark...



On second thought, I would be more scared of a shark.



I wonder how fast he moves????Hi Jm, welcome to FG! :-6 ..jellyfish don't really move along with any speed under their own power, they drift with currents and tides. and i don't mind most sharks, but before i saw this article, i would have thought i was in a cheap horror movie if i had come face to face with one of these babies!
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Leave it to Japan to have a monster-sized Jellyfish. Next it'll be attacking coastal villages. :wah:
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Wow....

I had no clue those things could get so huge, how freaky!! I'm not crazy about the idea of going in the ocean as it is, but now??? Fugeddaboddit.
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BabyRider wrote: Wow....

I had no clue those things could get so huge, how freaky!! I'm not crazy about the idea of going in the ocean as it is, but now??? Fugeddaboddit.so BR, does this mean you're not coming to florida to hang with me at the beach a couple weeks? :-6 hahahahahahaha
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lady cop wrote: so BR, does this mean you're not coming to florida to hang with me at the beach a couple weeks? :-6 hahahahahahaha
Oh hell no, I'm there, I'm just swimming in a nice, chlorinated pool, NOT the ocean!
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damn, is that an ostrich in your avatar, or a :yh_chickn ? :wah:
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lady cop wrote: damn, is that an ostrich in your avatar, or a :yh_chickn ? :wah:
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Didn't I see *someone* around here saying they were giving away their scuba gear??!!!! :yh_wink
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BabyRider wrote: BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Didn't I see *someone* around here saying they were giving away their scuba gear??!!!! :yh_winker, uh, oh yeah, ahem, it's 'cause the water is cold. :yh_bigsmi :yh_liar yeah, that's it.
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lady cop wrote: er, uh, oh yeah, ahem, it's 'cause the water is cold. :yh_bigsmi :yh_liar yeah, that's it.


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