Posted: 5:10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
By Rick Couri
It’s a flesh shredding, water gulping, nothing but business terminator.
At least if you’re a jellyfish.
The robots were developed after huge swarms of the invertebrates became a nuisance to industry and a danger to people.
They’re called, appropriately enough, the Jellyfish Elimination Robotic Swarm.
Just this week a large nuclear plant in Sweden was closed down by a swarm of jellies that clogged intake pipes.
Similar incidents have occurred around the world and stinging jellies can kick tourism in the head when they invade beaches.
Discovery reports the bots are outfitted with both GPS and cameras so they can find the swarms.
They then motor through the animals and gather jellyfish in underwater nets, like Sponge Bob.
OK, not really like Sponge Bob.
These large nets funnel the critters to a propeller that chops them into pieces and allows them to fall to the ocean bottom.
Developers are quite ready to market the machines yet but hope to make them just as useful in other areas like trash clean up at sea.