Monday, October 4, 2010

Rhopilema Jellyfish

This past summer, due to the long period of hot weather, rhopilema jellyfish (aka mushroom jellyfish) appeared of the coast of Primorye. Primorye is located in southeastern Russia on the shore of the sea of Japan.
The Rhopilema Jellyfish have a blue colored body and bright red tentacles, and can have a body of half a meter in diameter. They are mostly found in the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea.
According to Sergei Maslennikov , Senior scientist Sea Biology Institute of the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the the jelly fish appeared off the coast of Primorye after warm currents in the Sea of Japan changed direction. The sea's currents pushed the jellyfish towards the shore. Russian fisherman didn't waste this opportunity to catch the jellyfish and sell them to China and Japan where Rhopilema are delicacies.

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