Saturday, February 25, 2006

Giant Jellyfish

January 19 9:57 AM

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- A slimy jellyfish weighing as much as a sumo wrestler has Japan's fishing industry in the grip of its poisonous tentacles.

Vast numbers of Echizen kurage, or Nomura's jellyfish, have appeared around Japan's coast since July, clogging and ripping fishing nets and forcing fishermen to spend hours hacking them apart before bringing home their reduced catches.

A diver is dwarfed by a giant nomura jellyfish in waters off Echizen, Japan.

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