One of the world’s most powerful nations has met its match in the form of a brainless invertebrate. Chinese naval forces are facing an unlikely enemy: the jellyfish.
Swarms of jellyfish have been attacking China’s aircraft carriers, getting into naval propulsion systems, shutting down ships, and overheating engines – and it’s partly the Chinese’s fault. No thanks to their overfishing, particularly of shark fisheries, the global jellyfish population has grown exponentially.
Jellyfish swarms have moved engineers and scientists in China to think of ways to deal with the problem.
One of their efforts is the diabolically named “jellyfish shredder.” Created by engineers at the Liaoning Ocean and Fisheries Science Research Institute in Dalian, China, the device is made of a net that’s hundreds of yards long and lined with sharp steel blades. It’s meant to be dragged behind by a ship, which will then shred any jellyfish that gets in its way.
The jellyfish shredder can help clear the path for larger vessels.
Unsurprisingly, this jellyfish problem is not unique to China, and it’s only getting worse. Since the jellyfish population boom of recent years, coastal coal and nuclear plants have been closed down in the US, UK, Japan, Sweden, and the Philippines. Plants that take in seawater to use as coolant suck up large numbers of jellyfish that end up clogging the systems.
Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier, was built in Dalian on the Yellow Sea. This body of water has seen an overwhelming increase in jellyfish population in recent years. It isn’t nuclear-powered and probably does not suck in seawater, but its seawater intakes can still get clogged and cause overheating, fires, and equipment burnouts.
Reports say that the jellyfish swarms are partly China’s fault.
Overfishing, especially of sharks, has caused a sharp decline in the shark population. Sharks are the main predator of jellyfish, and experts believe that the shark’s absence is the major reason for the jellyfish boom. Also, overfishing can cause jellyfish to take over and occupy entire ocean regions.
24 Funny Photos Taken Right Before Disaster Happened
I definitely can’t wait to see what happens next!
Thanks to modern cameras and smartphones, capturing happy moments can now be done quickly and easily. Throw in the convenience of social media in the mix and you’ve got immediate audience right at your fingertips. In mere seconds, friends and family members both near and far can see and react to your pictures.
The obvious downside of technology in this aspect, of course, is that aside from happy memories, even the most embarrassing ones are often caught on camera and broadcasted on the internet.
Case in point, this compilation of photos below show us some pretty memorable moments taken just a few seconds before tragedies happened. They’re downright hilarious, to say the least, and, yes, very embarrassing for the people involved!...
Couple Caught On Camera Doing The Dirty Deed While Driving At 70mph
Clearly, they’re only thinking of their own pleasure and not the safety of others on the road.
Another horny couple has been filmed doing the deed in public - this time, they're taking things to the extreme. The couple was having sex on the driver's seat as the car is speeding at 70mph on a busy highway. For some people, waiting to get to a private place to make love is not an option that they just had to do it right there and then.
A passenger who happened to drive past them was surprised to see the raunchy scene that he took his mobile phone out and filmed the couple. Instead of stopping what they're doing, the couple carried on and the man behind the wheel even flipped off the person who recorded their passionate session.
This couple was filmed having sex on the driver seat as the car runs at 70mph.
Woman Forced To Buy $15 Tampon Box At The Airport Sparks Outrage With Anonymous Note
The anonymous author of the note was considered by many as a hero online.
Feminine hygiene products are essential for women that they need to keep some around in their purse. Apparently, they happen to be pricey as well that owning these products could be a luxury. One woman decided to do something to fight this seemingly unfair pricing of essential items at a Canadian airport.
Carlee Field headed to the restroom while she was waiting for her Vancouver flight at the Calgary International Airport. When she was washing her hands, she noticed that there was a box of tampons on the diaper changing table, accompanied by a note from an unknown person.