Nov
22
2007

Jellyfish wipe out salmon farm

Pelagia noctiluca aka the mauve stinger
Pelagia noctiluca aka the mauve stingerCourtesy Wikimedia Commons
Billions of stinging jellyfish have wiped out more than 100,000 salmon in Northern Ireland, essentially decimating the region’s only salmon farm.

The attack, which took place north of Belfast just off the coast of the Glens of Antrim, involved an amazing 10 square mile by 35 feet deep swarm (or shoal) of the jellyfish species Pelagia noctiluca.

"It was unprecedented, absolutely amazing," said John Russell, managing director of the Northern Salmon Company, Ltd. "The sea was red with these jellyfish, and there was nothing we could do about it, absolutely nothing."

Workers for the company battled for hours to get through the huge mass of mauve stingers - as they are commonly known - but they were clearly outnumbered. By the time they reached the net pens all the salmon were either dead or dying from the attack. Russell fears that without some sort of government aid the company will be forced to go out of business.

Swarms of mauve stingers are not uncommon. However, they’re mostly known for stinging swimmers in the warmer waters of the Mediterranean. It was rare to see them as far north as Great Britain until recently, presumably due to climate change.

Here's some great video posted on YouTube by NewScientist of a mauve stinger swarm shot near the Balearic Islands in Spain and elsewhere in the Mediterranean.

STORY LINKS

Reuters Science News
UPI Story
Story in Minneapolis Star Tribune

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

shaman@gmail.com's picture
[email protected] says:

i belive that this topic could change the lives of jelly fish everywhere even bikini bottom (spongebob referance)
lulz giant enemy crab flip over for massive damage

posted on Sat, 11/24/2007 - 6:05pm
tiffany_88's picture
tiffany_88 says:

The jellyfish are very dangers because produce energy.

posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 9:24am

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