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Further Beaches Closed By Jellyfish

Friday January 13, 2012

Further Beaches Closed By Jellyfish

The ban on bathing in the sea was extended to cover the beaches at Playa Honda yesterday, after numerous purple stinging jellyfish washed ashore here during Wednesday. This means that the beaches in Teguise, Tias and San Bartolome remain closed to the public due to the presence of these sea creatures.

On Wednesday it was also discovered at the Playa Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise that there were in fact three different types of jellyfish being brought in by the tides. Apart from the purple stinging jellyfish which are common to both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, there was also a Portuguese caravela or man o’war, which are known to have very venemous stings.

This latest invasion of ‘aguavivas’ (live water) as they are also known in Spanish is the second major infestation of local waters in the last few months. At present, therefore, bathing is banned at the beaches of Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen, Los Pocillos, Matagorda and Playa Honda.


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