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Posted by feww on November 5, 2009

Amazing Images: The echizen kurage

The amazing echizen kurage, also known as Nomura’s jellyfish, were back on the news again this week.

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The Giant Nomura’s Jellyfish. Photo: Getty Images. Image may be subject to copyright.

The 6ft wide giant jellyfish, which  weigh 450lb (200kg), are terrorizing the Japanese, inundating waters surrounding Japan, and cutting off their food supply.

The Diasan Shinsho-maru, a 10-ton Japanese trawler, capsized off Chiba prefecture,  and its 3-men crew were thrown into the sea, as they attempted  to haul in a net filled with the giant jellyfish.

In the summer of 2005, the Nomura’s jellyfish invaded Japan waters, causing injuries to fishermen, damaging their fishing nets and rendering their hauls inedible by stinging the fish with their toxic poison.

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Nomura’s Jellyfish. Source: Scrape TV. Image may be subject to copyright.

Two years later they came back attacking the fishing equipment in the Sea of Japan. The authorities received about 16,000 reports of damage to fishing nets and other fishing equipment caused by the massive Nomura’s.

In 2006, nuclear reactors at the Chubu Electric Power Co Hamaoka plant in Shizuoka prefecture on Japan’s Pacific coast were forced to reduce output by up to 70 percent for several hours because the giant creatures had blocked the seawater cooling system.

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Nomura’s Jellyfish inspected by divers. Source: Sankei. MSN JP. Image may be subject to copyright.

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