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Jellyfish shut down nuclear power plant

Posted on Wednesday, 2 October, 2013 | Comment icon 13 comments

Jellyfish populations are thought to be on the increase. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 NBphotostream
A swarm of jellyfish managed to shut down one of the world's largest nuclear reactors this week.
Engineers at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in Sweden had to take emergency action when large numbers of the gelatinous creatures clogged up the pipes responsible for providing water to cool the turbines. Workers toiled for two days to clear the blockage before the reactor could be restarted.

The incident is not the first of its kind either, in 2012 the Diablo Canyon facility in California had to shut down its reactor when gelatinous sea salp plugged up the intake pipes. In 2005 the Oskarshamn plant itself was shut down temporarily as a precaution due to an influx of jellyfish.

"It's true that there seems to be more and more of these extreme cases of blooming jellyfish," said marine researcher Lene Moller. "But it's very difficult to say if there are more jellyfish, because there is no historical data."

Calls are being made for better monitoring of jellyfish populations so that incidents of this nature can be avoided in future.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (13)

Tags: Nuclear, Jellyfish

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by skookum on 2 October, 2013, 15:36
I bet they are Cylon attackers!!! We are all doomed they have arrived!!!
Comment icon #5 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 on 2 October, 2013, 17:05
We could start eating them. That'd drop the population. XD
Comment icon #6 Posted by seeder on 3 October, 2013, 18:11
"The five best times jellyfish shut down power plants"
Comment icon #7 Posted by godnodog on 4 October, 2013, 9:36
Comment icon #8 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns on 21 October, 2013, 22:11
I guess you could say it was a stinging protest. I TRIED!
Comment icon #9 Posted by AliveInDeath7 on 21 October, 2013, 23:02
They're probably trying to blow them up..
Comment icon #10 Posted by TopToffee on 22 October, 2013, 4:37
We could start eating them. That'd drop the population. XD I wonder what one was taste like.?
Comment icon #11 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 on 22 October, 2013, 16:54
I wonder what one was taste like.? Jelly? And fish?
Comment icon #12 Posted by TopToffee on 23 October, 2013, 6:45
I'll stick to cod.
Comment icon #13 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 on 23 October, 2013, 17:05
I'll stick to cod. I love cod...

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