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Photo subtext: Two Nomura's Jellyfish recently caught in fishnets are examined at the fishermen's cooperative union in Ine, Kyoto Prefecture.The Japan TImes Online said:Jumbo jellyfish bedeviling local fishermen
MATSUE, Shimane Pref. (Kyodo) Fishermen along the Sea of Japan coast, especially those near Shimane and Fukui prefectures, have been plagued by giant jellyfish since August.
Two Nomura's Jellyfish recently caught in fishnets are examined at the fishermen's cooperative union in Ine, Kyoto Prefecture.
An abnormally large number of Nomura's Jellyfish have been clogging fixed nets and keeping fish from approaching.
The largest in the jellyfish family in coastal Japanese waters, a Nomura's Jellyfish, known in scientific terms as stomolophus nomurai, can grow to 2 meters in diameter and weigh 200 kg. Scientists say currents may push the creatures even farther north.
The jellyfish also hurt the fish caught in nets as mucus and poison from their tentacles drastically reduce the catch's commercial value.
A fixed-net fishing firm in Mihonoseki, Shimane Prefecture, said the problem has cost it some 10 million yen.
"Every day, all our efforts are spent removing the jellyfish from fishing nets," an official said. A fishing official from Kashima, Shimane Prefecture, said the catch has fallen to the point where some companies are having a hard time paying boat crews.
Toru Yasuda, 64, former director of Fukui Prefecture's fish-farming center, attributed the large presence of giant jellyfish to cleaner and warmer seawater this year.
The survival rate of the jellyfish was greater this year, Yasuda said, because this year's rainy season saw a drop in rainfall, resulting in less soil runoff. The higher-than-normal sea temperature has meanwhile led to faster growth of the jellyfish.
The Japan Times: Oct. 31, 2002
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The actual pain was gone within a few hours, with the help of some vinegar sprayed on the spot where I was stung by one of the lifeguards. The spot where I was stung was still sensitive for the next couple days, and the mark didn't completely go away until about a month later. I don't think I felt anything unusual after the pain... There could've been, but the pain was so overwhelming that nothing else seemed to matter at that point.lexico said:Glad you survived ! How long did it take to recover ? Hours, or days ? What was the remedy ? Did you experience anything unusual after the sting; apart from the obvious pain ?
That sure doesn't sound like a pretty story...Doc said:Did you guys ever hear of the story about the guy who got a jelly fish stuck in his wet suit? It's not a pretty story.