Jellyfish-Like Creatures Shut Down Nuclear Plant
Sea salp invade Diablo Canyon
By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2012 2:58 PM CDT
Diablo Canyon power plant in 2001.   (AP Photo/Phil Klein, File)

(Newser) – A horde of jellyfish-like animals has forced the shutdown of a nuclear power plant in California. The gelatinous creatures, 2 to 3 inches long, are called sea salp. The crisis began Tuesday, when workers at the Diablo Canyon plant discovered that screens which take in cooling water were clogged by the critters, reports the San Luis Obispo Tribune. “The conditions got to the point where we had to shut it down,” says the chief nuclear officer. “So we’ll have to wait until the salp situation clears up.”

Sea salp can reproduce sexually and asexually, and "you can have millions in a couple of days," explains a marine biologist. The only other nuclear power plant in California also is currently offline, because of leaks in the generators, but the state does not expect any shortages of electricity.

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Apr 29, 2012 2:52 AM CDT
and the meek shall inherit the earth...
Apr 28, 2012 10:56 AM CDT
Raise your left hand if this article made you say 'salp' out loud. Raise your right if this post did. SALP!
Apr 28, 2012 9:49 AM CDT
how cool glow in the dark jellyfish yummmmmmmmm!