Jellyfish Disrupt Nuclear Plant

    A Moon jellyfish swims beneath the waters of Inner Farne on June 26, 2011 at the Farne Islands, England. The Farne Islands, which are run by the National Trust, are situated two to three miles off the Northumberland coastline. The archipeligo of 16-28 separate islands (depending on the tide) make the summer home to approximately 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds including around 36,000 Puffins, 32,000 Guillemots and 2,000 pairs of Arctic Terns. The species of birds which nest in internationally important numbers include Shag, Sandwich Tern and Arctic Tern. The coastline around The Farnes are also the breeding ground to one of Europe's largest Grey Seal colonies with around 4,000 adults giving birth to 1500 pups every year.

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    It’s bad enough when a tsunami shuts down a nuclear plant. But the sea is finding new and innovative ways to disrupt power generation. A nuclear power plant at Torness on the east coast of Scotland has been forced to shut down its reactors after jellyfish swarmed the pool of water used to cool the reactors, obstructing water filters. The low-tech problem will require some time to resolve: according to a pre-planned program for such occasions, the plant’s two reactors will restart July 5 and 6, respectively. Scientists say the problem could become more common. They say that warmer temperatures encourage greater jellyfish growth in northerly places like Scotland where they’re usually rarer. But can we rule out the possibility that Poseidon is upset about something?

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