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Dangerous sea creatures come?

August 14 2006

They used to lay in wait for bathers, arbitrary depth research, as well as severe pundits. But what began to happen in recent times, this causes anxiety. Is nature took up arms against the man replacing him with employment, as it seemed forever, borders?

In any case, the answer to this question remains to be learned. In the meantime, worry scientists caused a sharp increase in the number of jellyfish in the Mediterranean Sea and the appearance of their participation in coastal waters. The active reproduction of jellyfish is greatly influenced by the general climate warming, say environmentalists.

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Besides the danger to travelers, jellyfish also threaten the population of some industrial fish species, as also feed on plankton. According to scientists, it was a jellyfish have caused the disappearance of shoals of anchovies. Currently, the greatest accumulation of jellyfish seen off the coast of Spain, near the beaches of Barcelona.

Meanwhile, at resorts near Genoa and Rome, there were signs "swimming prohibited" after ten visitors to the beaches were hospitalized with symptoms of acute toxic poisoning of a rare species of algae.

"Algae Killer" is so-called dangerous marine plants with the Latin name "Ostreopsis Ovata, attacked the Italian resorts. They have a microscopic size, live in warm tropical waters and are rarely rises from the depths of the sea.

Their high concentration in the Mediterranean basin, the environmentalists, as well as in the case of jellyfish explain the unusually hot weather in Europe.

Rapid flowering and reproduction "of algae-killers can cause mass mortality of fish that inhabit the upper layers of the sea. In humans after contact with them begins diarrhea, cough, fever and difficulty breathing. Danger "Ostreopsis Ovata" in the fact that they release toxic substances into the atmosphere and poisonous vapors carried by the wind. Many people who come to doctors did not even try to swim, and breathed the poison on the beach.

Local authorities have decided to take strict precautions. Now residents of areas affected by the invasion of poisonous algae, reported that the sea near the coast is very murky. But environmentalists are taking water samples, not only in the vicinity of Genoa. The heat is kept in the Apennine peninsula for more than a month, which means that signs of invasion "of algae-killers" may show up on any coast five Italian seas - the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Tyrrhenian, Ligurian and Ionian.

What surprises from the ocean we have to wait - time will tell. Here, everything is possible. For example, the fishermen of the village of Tangi Sakhalin region found on the shores of the Tatar Strait body of an unknown marine animal.

"As described by the fishermen, the length of the animal's body is about 7 m, the volume of the thorax (the widest part of the body) - about 2 am The skin of dark-gray color with a long nap about 5 cm length of the fin with myasoobrazovaniem - about 1 m, width - about 40 cm ", - said Head of Culture Sakhalin Oblast Vladimir Bedzhisov.

According to the fishermen, the first time they see an animal that does not appear on any of the known marine species. One of the fishermen tried to identify the discovery of the encyclopedia and to his surprise found that the shape of skull and body composition it resembles a plesiosaur.

Incidentally, a similar incident occurred April 10, 1977, when the network of Japanese fishing vessel "Zuyo Maru off the coast of Christchurch (New Zealand) got two-ton carcass. Pulling the net from a depth of 1000 feet, the fishermen found it an unknown 42-foot animal with a long neck and tail and four fins. From being a terrible stench emanated from him was separated oily liquid. The fishermen were afraid that the animal will spoil the entire catch of fresh fish, they are photographed and measured it and then dumped overboard by the discovery.

Having examined the photographs and sketches, the researchers concluded that the animal, it is likely plesiosaur - considered long extinct marine reptile.

Director, Division of Mammals Japanese National Science Museum Professor Yoshinori Imaydzumi found that in the drawings and photos - no fish, no kit and not some well-known animal. Other experts slightly cooled the ardor of his colleague, saying that the creature looks more like a giant shark, rather than exotic plesiosaur.

Basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus, the second largest fish after the whale shark, reaching over 10 meters in length, although there are representatives of the species and 16-meter lengths. In the decomposition of the carcass of a giant shark jaws and loosely fastened gills in the form of arcs fall off first, giving the remains of the view of the long necks and small heads.

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In preparing the materials are used: ITAR-TASS, , Interfax , and Nicholas Nepomnyashiy book "One Hundred Great mysteries of nature."

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