The mucus produced by jellyfish is rich in a compound that is vital to some cosmetics and drugs. The finding could help combat rising numbers of some jellyfish species.
Japan’s soaring jellyfish population, thought to be a result of artificial reefs, overfishing and climate change, has caused many difficulties, including a blockage at a nuclear plant. But except as a restaurant delicacy, people have few uses for jellyfish. Now their disposal could become economical.
The real question is not how to use these creatures, but whether the execs at Kanebo will be able to resist eating them before they are processed for their cosmetic benefits.