However, these blasted blobs have spurred the seafood market in another direction: jellyfish Jello Jigglers!
One coastal firm, Tango Jersey Dairy, has for the past three years produced 2,000 or 3,000 cartons of vanilla-and-jellyfish ice cream. The jellyfish is soaked overnight in milk to reduce its smell, and is then diced. Fumiko Hirabayashi, a director of the dairy, says the jelly cubes are slightly chewy. Jellyfish is also getting publicity in women's magazines because it contains collagen, a protein used in cosmetics.
Scientists, predictably, are hypothesizing about the causes of this population explosion and are capitalizing on the opportunity to learn more about this jellyfish. Hypothesis one: "a computer model of...suggests the jellyfish are breeding off the Chinese coast near the mouth of the Yangtze River." Number two: "[P]ollution, perhaps linked to industrialization in China, is helping create more algae in the sea. The algae are food for plankton, which is food for jellyfish." Number three: blaming "the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric-power project under construction in the Yangtze, which could be changing water flows to the sea. A dam in a section of the Danube that runs between Serbia and Romania completed in 1972 changed the river flow, after which the jellyfish population of the Black Sea exploded."
The fishermen are also having fun slaying the slayers, either with pronged poles ("three or more bits" ensures that they'll get eaten by other sea predators) or with a "large potato masher" in their nets. Yum!
And we all know that since global warming is happening and that we'll all die, we surely have no doubt as to the accuracy of these computer models...