Koreans Launch Drones To Destroy Invasive Jellyfish Swarms

As the Global Jellyfish Plague Swells and Intensifies, At Least One Brave Nation is Fighting Back

Drones hunt jellyfish swarms and shred them

Although these strange blobular lifeforms has been around for 650 millon years or so, it is only in the past decade they have begun causing major trouble, including economic damage to fisheries, the wrecking of resort beaches and the shutdown of several nuclear energy plants around the world. Most scientists have moved beyond the “these things are cyclical” explanation in favor of a more apocalyptic theory. The warming of ocean waters, overfishing of jfish predators and algae outbreaks all work to the benefit of this mindless but mysterious invader. For a background report on the attack of the floating jellyfish hoard, visit our previous post.

But not everyone is taking the jellyfish invasion lying down. Having suffered some $300 million of damage to coastal fisheries, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed the Jellyfish Elimination Robotic Swarm in 2009. The floating killer robots are equipped with cameras that allow them to detect approaching jellyfish populations. The robots then capture the jellyfish with nets and drag them into an onboard shredder which eliminates all traces of the blobs. Field trials show that the robots can grind up somewhere around 800 lbs of jfish matter an hour. Not too shabby.

Drones hunt jellyfish swarms and shred them

As we like to say at CatMap headquarters: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE!


Followers of the global jellyfish invasion date the first jellyfish vs nuke incident to the forced exit of the nuclear carrier USS Ronald Reagan from its port by a jfish swarm that clogged it’s cooling. Either the universal jellyfish mind doesn’t like nukes, or it doesn’t like Ronald Reagan.

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