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Monday, July 11, 2011

Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel

By IBTimes Staff Reporter
From http://www.ibtimes.com/

A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant.

A similar incident was also reported recently in Israel when millions of jellyfish clogged down the sea-water cooling system of the power plant.

Such massive invasions of the species have raised speculations and scientists are trying to figure out the reason behind such unusual growing trends.

"The several [power plant incidents] that happened recently aren't enough to indicate a global pattern. They certainly could be coincidental," LiveScience quoted Monty Graham, a jellyfish biologist and senior marine scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab off the Gulf Coast of Alabama stating.

Recent studies have found out that jellyfish blooming occurs mostly during the summer and spring months.
Check some amazing visuals of jellyfish infiltrations below:

Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel.
A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant.
Source: Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel.
A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant.
Source: Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel.
A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant.
Source: Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel.
A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant.
Source: Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel.
A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant.
Source: Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Jellyfish Invade Four Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel, Scotland
A worker from the Israel Electric Corp. looks as jellyfish fall from a filter into a container at Orot Rabin coal-fired power station on the Mediterranean coast near the central town of Hadera July 5, 2011.
Source: Reuters
Jellyfish Invade Four Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel, Scotland
A worker from the Israel Electric Corp. drops a jellyfish into a container at Orot Rabin coal-fired power station on the Mediterranean coast near the central town of Hadera July 5, 2011.
Source: Reuters
Jellyfish Invade Four Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel, Scotland
A worker from the Israel Electric Corp. puts on gloves as he walks in a lot covered with jellyfish at Orot Rabin coal-fired power station on the Mediterranean coast near the central town of Hadera July 5, 2011.
Source: Reuters
Jellyfish Invade Four Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel, Scotland
A worker from the Israel Electric Corp. stands next to a container filled with jellyfish at Orot Rabin coal-fired power station on the Mediterranean coast near the central town of Hadera July 5, 2011.
Source: Reuters
Jellyfish Invade Four Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel, Scotland
Jellyfish cover the floor in a lot at Israel Electric Corp.'s Orot Rabin coal-fired power station on the Mediterranean coast near the central town of Hadera July 5, 2011.
Source: Reuters
Jellyfish Invade Four Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel, Scotland
Workers from the Israel Electric Corp. stand next to containers filled with jellyfish at Orot Rabin coal-fired power station on the Mediterranean coast near the central town of Hadera July 5, 2011. The power station uses seawater for cooling off purposes and has to filter out and dispose of tonnes of jellyfish that are sucked into its system daily.

Source: Reuters
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