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Playa Chica Closed By Jellyfish Swarm

Friday November 4, 2011

Playa Chica Closed By Jellyfish Swarm

The beach at Playa Chica is the latest stretch of sand on Lanzarote to be closed to bathers, as the swarm of jellyfish which closed the beaches of Costa Teguise earlier this week has reached this part of Puerto del Carmen. Yesterday, the Ayuntamiento of Tias confirmed that large numbers of the jellyfish had been spotted in the waters surrounding Playa Chica.

However, the larger beaches of Playa Grande, Matagorda and Los Pocillos in Puerto del Carmen remained clear and were open to swimmers. Due to Playa Chica’s enclosed geography, with several promontories of lava extending into the sea, the jellyfish have not been carried away by the tide.

Due to the stinging tentacles of these creatures, the red flag has been raised over Playa Chica until public health officials are satisfied that there is no longer any risk to swimmers in this area. Playa Chica is particularly popular with scuba divers, as the rocks surrounding the beach attract numerous species of fish and other aquatic life

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