November 02, 2009


The marine Kaiju threat level has been raised to eleventy off of Chiba.

A Japanese fishing trawler has been sunk by giant jellyfish
Now although I have wanted to be able to truthfully report something like this since I was six, I was initially skeptical.So, I read the article to find out if:
A) the source was the Weekly World News or Pravda
B) what REALLY happened

To my surprise the source is the London Telegraph and what seems to have happened is that giant jellyfish have sunk a Japanese trawler. Fortunately no one was hurt.
See also here and here.

The culprit seems to be the infamous nomura jellyfish, which has been in the news before.
There was a huge infestation of the things in 1958 and 2005. Unlike the 1958 infestation, their numbers have remained rather high for the last several years and they have caused considerable difficulties for the Japanese fishing industry.
This year, another very large infestation has hit Japan.

Now in fairness to the jellyfish, were I doing a marine casualty investigation of this (assuming the facts as reported are true) I'd be disinclined to issue a finding of fault against the jellyfish. However, it is important to keep a sense of perspective and focus on what is surely the most important thing to take away from this bizarre occurrence. To that end, one of the Brickmuppets crack team of science babes has some insightful thoughts on this incident.

 Giant jellyfish have sunk a trawler!!1!...That is SO freaking cool!

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 11:52 AM | Comments (1) | Add Comment
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