Jellyfish Keep Shutting Down Nuclear Power Plants

Jellyfish are continuing to clog the cooling intake pipes of a nuclear power plant in Scotland, which has previously prompted temporary shutdown(s) of the plant.

The Torness nuclear power plant has reported concerns regarding jellyfish as far back as 2011, when it was forced to shut down for nearly a week—at an estimated cost of $1.5 million a day—because of the free-swimming marine animals…

…Researchers at the University of Cranfield have already been conducting a pilot as part of the UK Drones Pathfinder Programme which uses medium-altitude drones as “part of an early warning system which will allow the adjustment of water-cooling mechanisms to protect both electricity generation and the environment.”

“Any industry on the coast which uses seawater can find its operations complicated when seaweed or jellyfish blooms impact protective systems,” Angus Bloomfield, a marine biologist, is quoted as saying in a press release from the University of Cranfield. “They can damage machinery and even stop power generation, which could threaten stability of the electricity grid. An early warning system involving drones could allow industries in marine environments to act early and avoid the most dramatic effects these events can bring.”

If someone figured out some way to make these critters edible and tasty, that would solve surplus populations. Cripes, I can’t even see how someone could train one as a pet.

5 thoughts on “Jellyfish Keep Shutting Down Nuclear Power Plants

  1. Could be worse says:

    “The box jellyfish is known as the deadliest jellyfish because it is arguably the most venomous animal in the world.
    There are many different types of jellyfish that belong to the box jellyfish family. In fact, there are over 50 species of box jellyfish, though some are more deadly than others.
    Some of them – such as the Irukandji jellyfish, which measures just .2 inches in length – release toxins that are 100 times stronger than the bite of a cobra.
    Additionally, the Sea Wasp jellyfish – also a part of the box jellyfish family and thought to be the most deadly jellyfish on the planet – has the ability to kill up to 60 people with one dart. As there are half a million of these microscopic darts on each of these creatures’ tentacles, being brushed by a tentacle will certainly cause for a less than enjoyable experience.” https://www.americanoceans.org/facts/what-is-the-deadliest-jellyfish/
    Also: “The box jellyfish actively hunts its prey (small fish), rather than drifting as do true jellyfish. They are capable of achieving speeds of up to 1.5 to 2 metres per second or about 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box_jellyfish

    Re: Jellyfish as pets see https://www.cubicaquarium.com/jellyfish-questions

    • Abby Normal says:

      “How to read a jellyfish’s mind” https://phys.org/news/2021-11-jellyfish-mind.html
      The human brain has 100 billion neurons, making 100 trillion connections. Understanding the precise circuits of brain cells that orchestrate all of our day-to-day behaviors—such as moving our limbs, responding to fear and other emotions, and so on—is an incredibly complex puzzle for neuroscientists. But now, fundamental questions about the neuroscience of behavior may be answered through a new and much simpler model organism: tiny jellyfish.

  2. Mark says:

    Kind of ironic as the jellyfish in congress keep shutting down the country. That’s global warming, sorry global heating, for ya.

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