Jellyfish Attack

No, even more seriously. (Day of the Atomic Sea Monsters, or what?)

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Adam Jury sent me the link to this:

Jellyfish attack wipes out N. Ireland’s salmon farm

BELFAST (AFP) — Northern Ireland’s only salmon farm was completely wiped out by a freak jellyfish attack, the owners said Wednesday.

More than 100,000 fish worth more than one million pounds (2.1 million dollars, 1.4 million euros) were killed in the invasion at Glenarm Bay and Red Bay, on the County Antrim north-east coast.

“…The sea was red with these jellyfish and there was nothing we could do about it, absolutely nothing.”

The seven-hour attack over Tuesday and Wednesday last week saw the jellyfish covering a sea area of up to 10 square miles (26 square kilometres) and 35 feet (11 metres) deep.

Somehow I don’t think Webkinz is quite ready for giant (cannibal sea) scorpions or attack jellyfish. Wonder if I can convince GRRM to let Green Ronin put them in the new SIF game. 🙂


Posted in Current Events, Nature Attack on November 21, 2007 by Jesse
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Giant Cannibal Sea Scorpions

No, seriously.

Paleontologists dug up the fossilized claw of a giant sea scorpion. They reckon the thing may have been 8 feet (!) long. It’s called
Jaekelopterus rhenania, and is apparently 400 million years old.

I came across the article on Boing Boing, and delved into a few of the other articles. A few random, key quotes.

“Braddy said the sea scorpions also were cannibals that fought and ate one other, so it helped to be as big as they could be.

“The competition between this scorpion and its prey was probably like a nuclear standoff, an effort to have the biggest weapon,” he said. “Hundreds of millions of years ago, these sea scorpions had the upper hand over vertebrates — backboned animals like ourselves.”

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Jesse Scoble

Jesse Scoble is a writer, story editor, and game designer in no particular order.

He has won awards, written a Western Horror script, worked on computer games & pen&paper games, contributed to more than 30 titles, and makes a mean mojito.

Currently he is a freelance writer in Montreal, QC.