Jelly plague

A pretty sight for Slugger, don’t you think? I’d just got used to seeing “Glenarm salmon” proudly displayed at the chic London chain of fish shops Fishworks, when the monsters struck.

The Independent reports:

“The growing threat from swarms of jellyfish around Britain’s coast is to be investigated for the first time by British and Irish scientists. Using the latest technology, researchers are planning to tag jellyfish to explore their life cycles and movement in a project known as Ecojel.

For the first time?? About time!!

With the Independent true to form and offering climate change as an explanation, may we now expect Sammy Wilson to pitch in?

Overfishing also plays its part according to the New Scientist ( subs reqd) and countries on the Med and across the Atlantic are equally affected.

Does Slugger’s fount of knowledge extend to having a crack at explaining this plague in more (but not excessive) detail ?

  • joeCanuck

    I wonder how new this is. Back when I lived in Ireland I frequently holidayed with my family at Rossnowlagh. On quite a few occasions, the beach was so littered with dead jellyfish that is was nearly impossible to walk across to get to the sea. And, of course, once made, there was a lot of trepidation about going into the water. Still makes me shiver thinking about it.

  • ulsterfan

    The increase in jelly fish is a worldwide phenomenon and the seas off the coast of Japan are covered with them.

  • interested

    Did I miss the announcement of today officially being “massive pictures on Slugger day”?

  • Brian Walker

    And I thought you’d like the odd pretty – or at least striking – picture, particularly when it tells most of the story by itself. But no, you’d rather moan.

  • Turgon

    Brian,
    There are important questions here which you are failing to address: Are these unionist or nationalist jelly fish? Have they come to help Ulster in her peril or are they a sinister menace trying to enslave us with their republican tentacles?

  • Tir Eoghain Gael

    They have to be unionist jellyfish, they are not native to these shores, they are coming into areas they are not wanted every summer and they are easy enough to see through!! ;o)

  • joeCanuck

    Well I did mention Rossnowlagh, did I not? :o)

  • aquifer

    Offer a prize to anyone who finds an economic use for jellyfish.

    Our enthusiastic fisherfolk will do the rest.

  • BfB

    I’ve just made the phone call, and George Bush has nothing to do with this.

  • Greenflag

    tir eoghain gael ,

    ‘They have to be unionist jellyfish, they are not native to these shores, they are coming into areas they are not wanted every summer and they are easy enough to see through!! ;o)

    Ouch – no wonder you buggers beat us on Saturday wicked :

    I hope Turgon can recover from that solar plexus dig.

    PS

    ‘Jellyfish are like poster-boys of global warming changes – jellyfish are the one species of animal that are doing very well. The increased acidity of the oceans, warmer waters, the decrease in predators as fish and other wildlife decline have all favored jellyfish. They seem to thrive on the fertilizers that people have been washing into the seas. Most animals do not. ‘

    PPS -Don’t tell Sammy Wilson – He’d rather not know .

  • Turgon

    Tir Eoghain Gael,

    Sorry should have said: I admire your answer. I cannot really complete with it.