Giant jellyfish invade Japan


24 Responses to “Giant jellyfish invade Japan”

  1. Anonymous says:

    wow those are some massive jellyfish my dad is in japan at the moment he said he almost got stung

  2. Meduse says:

    I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.

    Not sure about delicious, but they’re apparently very low calorie (except perhaps in ice cream form). A superfood to market to dieters?

  3. mdh says:

    Once upon a time, the sea was nothing BUT jellies. This could happen again and if it does, you would likely die.

    spot on. That would be big, and appears to be our current trajectory.

  4. JimXugle says:

    But are they edible?

  5. Kieran O'Neill says:

    @Patrick Dodds: See this article (and a photo with the diver at a more comparable distance from the camera). Note that they claim in the article that the things can grow up to 2 metres (6 foot) in diameter.

    @Jimxugle, re edibility:

    Cookies made from giant jellyfish:
    “students from Obama Fisheries High School in Fukui prefecture developed a method for turning the invading jellyfish into powder. A Fukui-area company followed up with a cookie recipe that includes the powdered jellyfish as an ingredient. The result is a cookie with a superbly textured sweetness nicely complemented by the bitter, salty flavor of jellyfish.”

  6. sgj says:

    Forget edible… Can we get high on this?

  7. Fred H says:

    @#4, StRevAlex,
    It’s funny because I’ve heard them referred to as the “cockroaches of the sea.” I agree with you, they look neat-o.

  8. Ned613 says:

    “But are they edible?”

    Its simply a matter of supply and demand. If they were edible we would have jellyfish aquaculture by now.

  9. JIMWICh says:

    In my alternate, much more awesome universe these giant jellyfish aren’t merely edible, they’re delicious! And what’s more, there are also peanutbutterfish.

  10. Takuan says:

    not funny. Once upon a time, the sea was nothing BUT jellies. This could happen again and if it does, you would likely die.

  11. StRevAlex says:

    They’re just beautiful. Jellyfish are the great Mysteries of the Sea.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I saw a fantastic documentary about these jellyfish once, in which they explained that the Japanese first tried to get rid of them by cutting them to pieces with special nets (IIRC). But the jellyfish responded by releasing all their eggs and sperm in the sea, thus ensuring the maximum amount of offspring possible. So they have to be gotten rid of in some other way.

  13. SomeGuy says:


    Only with peanutbutterfish.

  14. Patrick Dodds says:

    Erm, aren’t the jellyfish close to the camera, the divers not, and, erm, they look big? What’s the word – per-something….

    This idea has been cleverly explained on that well known physics programme, Father Ted:

  15. seyo says:

    #1 beat me to it, was my first thought.

  16. Anonymous says:

    what is the cost of Japan these days?

  17. Nadreck says:

    I, for one, welcome our new jellyfish overlords.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I for one welcome etc etc…

  19. bohemianwriter says:

    Funny the comment about whether they’re edible because in the process of writing a blog post for my Animal Planet story on the topic, I learned a company is actually making ICE CREAM of all things out of them! Eww!

  20. Shimray says:

    Photoshop… :]

  21. Anonymous says:

    Most photos of Nomura’s jellyfish use perspective to make them look bigger. It’s tremendously annoying.

  22. Anonymous says:

    i think they are beatyfull creatures and u guys should leave them alone and stop talking about eating them

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hey, patrick, got a link that’ll work for us USians?

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