GIANT JELLYFISH PICTURES: Japan's Nomura Invasion

GIANT JELLYFISH PICTURES: Japan's Nomura Invasion
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Workers in Japan haul in swarms of Nomura's jellyfish from the waters off Iwate Prefecture in December 2005.

In the early 1900s large numbers of the giant jellyfish were reported only every 40 years or so. But recently the jellyfish have been appearing with alarming frequency: Japan experienced unusually large outbreaks almost every year between 2002 and 2007, including a massive outbreak in 2005, which fishers say cost them billions of yen in damaged nets and lost catch.
—Photograph courtesy Shin-ichi Uye, Hiroshima University
 
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