Fleischfressende Seesterne und gigantische Quallen

(Youtube Direktseestern, via io9)

Mal wieder ein bisschen Seamonster-Action: Oben ein weiteres Video aus der BBC-Naturdoku „Life“, diesmal mit Timelapse-Seesternen und gigantischen Würmern, die einen toten Seehund fressen. Seesterne fressen übrigens wie Fliegen: „Three-foot nemertean worms and carnivorous sea stars prowl the Antarctic in search of flesh. Finding a dead seal, the sea stars inject it with digestive juices ... then suck it up like soup.“

Bonustrack: Ein Video mit gigantischen Quallen, die Boote kentern lassen und „bigger than Sumo-Wrestler“ sind. Only in Japan.

(Youtube Direktjellyfish, via Japan Probe)

Vast numbers of Echizen jellyfish have appeared on Japan's Pacific coast this year, apparently after drifting from spawning grounds in Chinese and Korean waters.

An Echizen jellyfish can measure up to 2.2 meters in diameter and weigh up to 300 kg.

The non-edible creatures have caught fishermen in their grip, as the monster invertebrates clog nets and poison and crush catches with their stingers.

"I had never seen anything like this big before."

Some experts say the outbreak of jellyfish this season has cost Japan's fishing industry more than 100 million dollars.

Jellyfish even sank one Japanese fishing boat in the Pacific recently, after the vessel capsized because the weight of the creature stuck in its net.