back to article Huge jellyfish pack slaughters 100,000 salmon

An overwhelming attack by billions of jellyfish has wiped out the entire stock of Northern Ireland's only salmon farm - some 100,000 fish worth £2m, AP reports. The "dense pack" of mauve stingers, covering ten square miles to a depth of 35 feet*, last week swamped the two net pens holding the salmon about a mile off the coast of …

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IT Angle

Since you asked

33.94 cubic furlongs

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Boffin

Cubic furlongs

OK, you asked; that is about 34 cubic furlongs

(1sq mile = 8 x 8 = 64 sq furlongs

35 feet = 35/660 furlongs,

so 10 sq miles x 35 ft = 640 x .05303 = 33.93939 cubic furlongs)

I'll let someone else convert that to Olympic sized swimming pools - Ossps

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Anonymous Coward

Thank you Google Calculator

33.939394 cubic furlongs apparently.

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Boffin

Cubic furlongs

Just short of 3.4, since you ask.

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Dead Vulture

Some people have too much time on their hands...

(Title says it all...)

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I for one...

... welcome our new gelatinous overlords.

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Salmon's off. Jellyfish anyone?

Anyone know if they're edible?

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It's about.....

4.75 cubic furlongs....

....I think

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JP
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One of my favourites...

As you were asking, James.

http://www.seasabres.com/%5Crecipes%5CMisc%5Cjellyfishrecipe.htm

"Prepared" normally means dried.

Mmmm...

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Pirate

Jelly Purple v Salmon Pink

Send in the crabs!!

http://www.westmeade.net/Library/jellyfish.htm#Crab

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Tom
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Anyone know if they're edible?

Just convence the Chinese that they work better then Tiger piss. That should take care of the problem in short order.

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@ James Le Cuirot

I dont know if those ones are edible, but there was a swarm of jelly fish in blackpool around 11 years ago when i was there and a kid, and we fried one of them with butter and tried to eat it. it was disgustingly bitter but we didnt die or become ill or anything.

other kids brought a bag full of them into an indoor swimming pool and started throwing them around. oh fun days.

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Paris Hilton

and the IT or Paris Hilton angles are?

non-existent, so what's the point of this story?

erm hang on..

Jellyfish sting, that's *sort of* like an electric shock, or feels like it anyway; jellyfish tasers!

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Paris Hilton

35 feet

6.087 Paris Hiltons laid end to end. Not that I want to lay her.

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Gates Halo

SO.

"now faces closure if it doesn't get emergency government aid"

The fact that this skingy irish tit didn't have some form of insurance doesn't mean I'm gonna pay for his mistakes, sink his company, no government aid.

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Anonymous Coward

Units

This is obviously a problem in several news reports.

Has no-one written a downloadable program to convert obsolete units to the new, improved Reg units ?

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Stop

Title

"Northern Salmon Co...now faces closure if it doesn't get emergency government aid"

Huh? Don't they insure their livestock against predators/storms/disease? It's not like the Govt ordered them culled...

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Go

Government

They could have helped. I think Gordo might have some ministers he wouldn't mind droping into a pool of jellyfish....

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Fences

Well, if you're going to keep 100,000 fish in a nice little pen in the ocean, you should surely expect something like this *might* happen.

Jellyfish 1: Hmmm, I'm hungry. What's that? It looks like a huge, organised supply of food being kept over there for us. What do you think?

Jellyfish 2: I think we should leave it alone mate, it wouldn't be fair on the poor guys in charge of that.

Jellyfish 1: Shut up gimp. Let's go.

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Dead Vulture

How excactly

... did the jellyfish get in without the salmon getting out ?

Mutant Purple Ninja Jellyfish ??

hmmmm..

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ah well never mind...

""Northern Salmon Co...now faces closure if it doesn't get emergency government aid"

Huh? Don't they insure their livestock against predators/storms/disease? It's not like the Govt ordered them culled..."

Spot on - but they needn't worry - Alistair Darling is chancellor and can be relied on to bail pretty much anyone out. Gord alone knows what his laissez faire attidude will do to the budget next time round. Thanks goodness the hospital trusts seem to have their houses in order finally.

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Anonymous Coward

Uh...

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=10+square+miles+times+35+feet+in+cubic+furlongs

I know the Reg like to hate on Google but...

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Flame

Geography not a strong point then.

Northern Ireland tends to mean British not Irish (your experience of the world dosn't go much further than blogs does it?). No wonder some people don't want to be part of UK !

Most likely the the insurers will claim it's an act of god as those jellyfish don't naturally occur in such frosty climes.

If the goverment can pay out to greedy bastards (in england) that cause animal health issues by shipping animals between each other and claiming grants for animals they only owned while being transported (and spreading foot & mouth far and wide).

How about payouts regarding BSE cos they fed their animals (cheap) feed containing sheep brains (and also dried human sewage). BTW no BSE cases in Northern or Southern ireland because of stronger regulations & tracking of livestock

An organic farmer (well thats the phrase the media are using) being hit by such unforseen circumstances is a little more deserving, than the factory farmers that bring such problems on their own heads by their cheap arsed negliance.

Ditch your blogs and have a look at the real world.

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Mercy killing

The jellyfish were on a mission to save the salmon from their Guantanamo cages and the sea lice infestations which drive them crazy when the bright lights don't. I gave up eating farmed salmon years ago.

But deep fried dried gelatinous overlord is rather appealing, marinaded in chili and spring onions (probably about 2 weeks) and coated in a temura batter. My middle name's not Nigel for nothing. And when I have had enough of that, there's giant jellyfish eating giant crab overlord to look forward to. Damn, how I love barbecued overlords. 100% natural. Totally organic. Until they start injecting them with nano-tech. Then I'll have to get my protein from DNA. Still, there are some tasty gene overlord specimens out there. Hi Richard.

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@Luther Blissett

Eh?

Eh?

Midway trough your post I was like "wait, this is an Amanfrommars post", then I looked at the author and was like "Eh? Not? Wth?"

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Drit net fishing

I'd rather the goverment aid was spent on preventing Irish drift net fishing which is doing wild stocks of Salmon no good.

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Coat

IT Angler

Sorry

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Killer Jellyfish

I am wondering if these killer jellyfish had frickin' laser beams attached to their heads...

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Heart

Cubic furlongs? Bah.

Cubic furlongs is no fun.

The impressive measurement is that we're talking about *28,497,920,000 cubic cubits.*

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Jellyfish ...

Ow. I'd rather not swim in those waters, then.

Back in '95, I had a close encounter with a jellyfish while swimming on the Gulf of Mexico. OW! OW! OW! Its this kind of feeling you just touched a red-hot electric wire ... 'coz it burned and felt like an electric shock! And that was only a tentacle. (Or whatever that stringy things are called.)

Still, I'd think the cages would be jellyfish-proof...

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Proper Measurements

Forget cubic furlongs, we are talking about 110,393 olympic swimming pools.

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Anonymous Coward

Bootnote

But what is it in cubic Smoots?

What is a cubic Smoot anyway? Smootic perhaps?

I will get my coat now.

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Pirate

What kind of miles?

10 square miles times 35 feet = 33.9393939 cubic furlongs

10 square nautical miles times 35 feet = 44.9457133 cubic furlongs

This is why Google Calculator is still no substitute for knowing stuff.

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