Tuesday, 21st July 2009
In General Japan News,
Giant jellyfish plague Japanese waters
The waters around Japan are set for an influx of giant jellyfish, it has been predicted.
According to reports, a number of Nomura jellyfish are being swept towards the Sea of Japan.
It is the third time since 2005 that the jellyfish - which can grow up to six feet in diameter and weigh more than 450 pounds - have been taken towards the Sea of Japan by ocean currents in the area.
Monty Williams, a marine biologist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, told CNN that it is the "sheer size" of the jellyfish which makes them so spectacular.
However, Mr Williams also noted the devastation that the giant creatures can cause, including ruined nets which may have an economic impact on Japanese communities.
Previous trouble with the jellyfish has seen a warning system put in place for fisherman around the Sea of Japan.
The Sea of Japan was also recently in the news as the ownership of a number of islets is being disputed by Japan and South Korea.
Written by Susan Ballion.