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Jellyfish Swarm hits Scotland

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posted on Nov, 23 2007 @ 03:08 PM
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Jellyfish Swarm hits Scotland


news.yahoo.com

LONDON (Reuters) - Millions of stinging baby jellyfish have been spotted off Scotland just days after another swarm wiped out Northern Ireland's only Salmon farm, the Marine Conservation Society said on Friday.
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posted on Nov, 23 2007 @ 03:08 PM
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This is really bizarre. Has this ever happened before? Maybe they really have declared war.
Maybe Cthulhu is mad over humanity trying to destroy the universe:

www.abovetopsecret.com...



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(visit the link for the full news article)

[edit on 23/11/07 by MikeboydUS]



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 12:55 PM
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Originally posted by MikeboydUS
Maybe Cthulhu is mad over humanity trying to destroy the universe


You're not far off the mark there. Looking for more information on the matter, what I found is that most marine biologists have concluded the following:
  • Fertilizer run-off increasing the nutrient content of the seas, which results in zooplankton blooms (which the jellies eat)
  • Over-fishing, which leaves an ecological niche for the jellies to exploit (since they feed on the same thing most fish eat)
  • Climate change, which allows for more habitable regions for the jellies (they thrive in warmer waters)
And yes, these events have happened numerous times before, although not so frequently that far north. Just look through the Google News Archives for the keywords "Jellyfish Blooms".

*mimicking C3PO's voice*: We're doomed.

Sources:

Jellyfish Take Over an Over-Fished Area
Jellyfish “blooms” could be sign of ailing seas
Jellyfish blooms: are populations increasing globally in response to changing ocean conditions?



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 03:05 PM
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Heard about this recently, the one fact that stands out is that it's 10 miles of jellyfish -- those fish farms are like target practice to predators it seems.


The Salmon Co. said billions of jellyfish -- in a dense pack of about 10 square miles and 35 feet deep -- overwhelmed the fish last week in two net pens about a mile off the coast of the Glens of Antrim, north of Belfast.

Russell, who previously worked at Scottish salmon farms and took the Northern Ireland job just three days before the attack, said he had never seen anything like it in 30 years in the business.

"It was unprecedented, absolutely amazing. The sea was red with these jellyfish and there was nothing we could do about it, absolutely nothing," he said.

The species of jellyfish responsible, Pelagia nocticula -- popularly known as the mauve stinger -- is noted for its purplish night-time glow and its propensity for terrorizing bathers in the warmer Mediterranean Sea.


www.cnn.com...



[edit on 24-11-2007 by anhinga]



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 04:29 PM
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Thanks for the heads up, I'll be sure to stay out of the water!

Not that I needed more encouragement to stay out of the freezing Scottish seawater at this time of year anyway...



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