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Jellyfish Reappear on Lanzarote Beaches

Monday January 2, 2012

Jellyfish Reappear on Lanzarote Beaches

The beaches at Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise and La Garita in Arrieta were closed to swimmers again on Saturday 31st December, due to the presence of large numbers of jellyfish. With several swimmers requiring first aid at the weekend, after being stung by the creatures.

At present, the species has not been formally identified, but it could be pelagia noctiluca, which is also known as the slightly stinging purple jellyfish and which can be found in Mediterranean and Atlantic waters. Their appearance along the coastline of Lanzarote has not been attributed to any specific reason, although some have suggested that the underwater seismic activity off the island of El Hierro may be responsible.

For the time being the other beaches of Costa Teguise, namely El Charco, Jablillo and Playa Bastian remain open, but the authorities are keeping a close eye on the whole of the eastern coastline to ensure there is no further risk to bathers.


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