Nomura’s jellyfish swim towards the coast

November 17th, 2009 - 8:11 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Kokonogi, Nov 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Nomura is the world’s largest jellyfish and its poison can kill the other fish very fast. It normally used to stay in the ocean but are now a common occurrence along Japan’s coastline and a big cause for worry for the fishermen. This may be due to the fact that global warming has in turn affected the overall temperature of the oceans and has allowed some of the almost 2,000 jellyfish species to expand their geographical ranges, appear earlier in the year and increase their overall population as well.

‘The gelatinous seaborne creatures are blamed for decimating fishing industries in the Bering and Black seas, forcing the shutdown of seaside power and desalination plants in Japan, the Middle East and Africa, and terrorizing beachgoers worldwide’, the U.S. National Science Foundation says.

“Some fishermen have just stopped fishing,” said Taiichiro Hamano, 67. “When you pull in the nets and see jellyfish, you get depressed.”

Lucas Brotz, a researcher from the University of British Columbia, told AP, “These increases in jellyfish should be a warning sign that our oceans are stressed and unhealthy.”

Japanese fisherman Fumio Oma and his hard working crew are now out of work after their fishing net broke under the weight of thousands of jellyfish. He told the media that, “We have been getting rid of jellyfish. But no matter how hard we try, the jellyfish keep coming and coming. We need the government’s help to get rid of the jellyfish.”

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