Robotic jellyfish terminators swarm the sea!

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

JEROS goes to work, sucking up the jellies.

What’s a scientist to do when there’s way too huge of a jellyfish population in the ocean? Well, first of all, the reason there’s a jellyfish invasion is because too many of the regular fish are being snatched up by humans, so there’s plenty of room for the squishy stingers.

Since it’s kind of tough to get fishermen to stop earning a living with their craft and feeding hungry restaurant goers, what’s the next best thing? Ocean pest control! The best part? You can just call in the Jellyfish Elimination RObotic Swarm (JEROS).

The JEROS machine terminators were invented by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in order to take down the blubbery monsters. While jellyfish are a healthy part of the ocean environment, if an area gets too many, they’ll eat all the fishy eggs and plankton (little tiny organisms the fish eat). This, of course, leads to imbalance.

How the JEROS works is actually pretty simple. Each bot has two motors to make ‘em go back and forth, or spin around in a circle. They have cameras that can spot where the jellies are floating around. Then, they can calculate their own pathways through the sea, without a human controlling them, and suck up the jellyfish for shredding in their propellers!

So, next time your minding your own business in the ocean and a nasty floating bag of slime moves in your direction, just whisper, “JEROS…”

Featured image courtesy of Brocken Inaglory on Wikipedia. Image and video of JEROS courtesy of KAIST.