Oh Ick!

Big jelly fish:

“It’s a terrible problem. They’re like aliens,” Noriyuki Kani of the fisheries federation in Toyama, northwest of Tokyo, told Reuters ahead of the conference.
One Echizen kurage can be up to 2 meters (6 feet, 7 inches) in diameter and weigh up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds).

Looks like a helluva lot of sushi, though. Heck, the Japanese seem to eat everything else they find swimming…

6 Responses to “Oh Ick!”

  1. Lisa says:

    When people ask me why I don’t swim ANYWHERE where I can’t see the bottom, I point out shit like this. See? SEE?! THERE ARE MONSTERS IN THE OCEAN.

  2. John says:

    It’s the Chinese that eat candied jellyfish. it’s a wedding dish. No, I can’t figure it out, either.
    The Japanese do eat tuna testicle soup, though.

  3. And thank you, John. I hope to GOD you do NOT have any tuna testicle festival photos to share, like your other…festival photos.
    Now, we had a similar problem about 4 years ago, believe it or not. Jellyfish who AVERAGED a foot across came floating up into the Gulf and schwamped our beaches clear to LA’s. They didn’t sting but small comfort. The beaches were coated with them. Mobile, AL TV stations were taking news choppers out in the Gulf and coming back with footage of these masses of hundreds of thousands of them. It looked like you could walk on jellyfish from one part of the Gulf to the other and never get your feet wet. It also wreaked havoc with the shrimp trawlers. The damn things were so heavy, they’d rip the nets and stanchions right out of the boat.
    They were some sort of Australian (!) jelly fish who’d hitched a ride on one of the mobile oil rigs. When they floated it into the Gulf, the little suckers attached to the legs bloomed like bunnies.

  4. Nightfly says:

    Fascinating bit in the article about “not apportioning blame” while opening talks between Tokyo, Beijing, and Seoul. Who could possibly blame jellyfish on a rival power (except the greenies)? Fall into the Culture Gap.

  5. The_Real_JeffS says:

    At first, I thought you were sharing some more childhood photos, Mr. Bingley, especially after that last one THS posted. My bad! 8^D
    Seaside communities in Japan have tried to capitalize on the menace by developing novel jellyfish dishes from tofu to ice cream, but for some reason the recipes have failed to take off.
    They don’t know why jellyfish recipes aren’t popular? Oh, ick!

  6. Belly up, like the trout ice cream with eyeball on Iron Chef.

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