Spill of ramen bowl? No, it’s 200kg ’monster’ jellyfish
By Lee Seung-joon
A photo of a gigantic jellyfish has been spotlighted on the Internet with the title of “Spill of Ramen Bowl.”
The Nomura jellyfish, in the picture, is about two meters in diameter and weighs 200 kg while an average specimen reaches only 90 centimeters in diameter. The jellyfish in such a size has been first reported off in the East China Sea and continued to be sighted in the Sea of Japan since 2002, according to the Telegraph.
Experts do not know certainly why the number of creatures has increased quickly, but they believe that it might be from decline in the number of predators, such as sea turtles, tuna and swordfish. The scientists suggest that another contributing factor could be an increase of 1.89 degrees Fahrenheit in water temperature. making conditions more favorable for breeding.
“Their favorite warm water not only gets them big, but also gets them to grow faster,” said Professor Shinichi Uye, jellyfish expert at the Graduate School of Biosphere Science of Hiroshima University.