Ten Ton Trawler Capsized by Cnidarians

Remember that post a while back with the picture of the gigantic Neopilema nomurai jellyfish? They are gigantic creatures, appearing sporadically but with increasing frequency and in immense numbers off the east coast of Japan. And it appears that a haul full of them was heavy enough to capsize a ten-ton fishing trawler, the Diasan Shinsho-maru, throwing her three-man crew into the ocean.

It seems that some combination of nutrient pollution, fishing out higher trophic levels, and warming seas is favoring huge blooms of these creatures. Read more at the Telegraph and Fox News. (They even mention global warming! I’m impressed.)

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