Giant jellyfish invade Japan

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National Geographic posted a selection of photos related to the massive Nomura's jellyfish that may inundate Japanese waters this summer. The magnificent photo above was taken off the cost of Japan in 2007 when the jellyfish wreaked havoc on fishing nets and spoiled catches with their toxins. From National Geographic:

Scientists have since been racing to unlock the mysteries of this giant jellyfish species in an attempt to forecast invasions and prevent damages.

This June researchers at Hiroshima University made some of the first surveys of the jellyfish's spawning grounds off the Chinese coast. The team found a huge new brood lurking in the waters, prompting experts to warn that another giant jellyfish invasion may be on the horizon.

"GIANT JELLYFISH PICTURES: Japan's Nomura Invasion"