Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Attack of the jellyfish: Sea creatures shut down ANOTHER power station


Nuisance: A digger drops jellyfish cleared from the power station in Hadera, Israel

Another power station was shut down by jellyfish today amid claims that climate change is causing a population surge among the species.

A huge swarm clogged up the Orot Rabin plant in Hadera, Israel, a day after the Torness nuclear facility in Scotland was closed in a similar incident.

Hadera ran into trouble when jellyfish blocked its seawater supply, which it uses for cooling purposes, forcing officials to use diggers to remove them.

Swarm: Hundreds of jellyfish blocked the water-supply grills at the Hadera plant

Disruption: Containers filled with jellyfish at Orot Rabin coal-fired power station

Almost 2,000 beach-goers were stung as they celebrated Independence Day weekend in the surf at Volusia County, Florida.

Beach Patrol spokeswoman Captain Tamara Marris reported the staggering statistics but stressed that no victims were seriously injured.

Amid soaring temperatures in the sunshine state, Jellyfish targeted sunseekers along a 20-mile stretch from Ormond Beach to New Smyrna Beach.

Slimy: Jellyfish cover the floor in a lot at the power station

Clear out: Jellyfish fall from a filter into a container at the Israeli power station

Jellyfish: Torness nuclear plant near Dunbar, Scotland, shutdown both their reactors so the filters could be cleared

The influx was thought to be down to onshore winds bringing more jellyfish into contact with bathers.

Beach officials identified two species as the culprits - moon and cannonball jellyfish - but say moon jellyfish are likely to be the main culprits.

‘The cannonball jellyfish is not really a stinging jellyfish,’ Marris said.

‘It's really not a seasonal thing. They are just at the mercy of the wind and current, so they can show up any time of the year.’

Attack: Ormond Beach was attacked by a swarm of jelly fish over the holiday weekend

source : dailymail

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