Invasion of jellyfish on the coast of the Canary Islands


16.04.12.Poberezhya Canary ostrovovpodverglis invasion of jellyfish.

Over the past few days was found about 5 tons of jellyfish.

Scientist at the National Research Council's Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona, Jose Maria Gili, said that over the last ten years have seen a significant spread species of jellyfish Pelagia-nochesvetka (pelagia noctiluca), which was seen in bregov Canary Islands.

Jellyfish Pelagia — the most common in the Mediterranean. Her umbrella as 20-25 cm in diameter, and have a two-meter length of the tentacles. Color is soft, purplish-red, bright red tentacles.
Pelagia often appear in very large numbers, and then at night the waves seem to be flaming.
By mechanical stimulation of the strip on the surface of the umbrella and tentacles Pelagia glow green. Thus jellyfish scares come unto her fish.

Meeting with jellyfish this species can be quite painful for the person in their burning touch blistering skin responds as if sting with severe itching, burning, pain.

Scientist Jose Luis Pelegri noted that one of the reasons for the massive influx of jellyfish to the coasts of the Canary Islands may have occurred because of the increasing pressure, which was typical for the winter, and also due to a significant strengthening of the trade winds.

Such a number of jellyfish off the coast of the Canary Islands was in 1994.

Source: Spain in Russian

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