2,000 stung by jellyfish


TWO THOUSAND people have been stung on the Costa del Sol’s beaches due this year’s unusual proliferation of jellyfish. These invertebrates have been taking over the beaches of Rincon de la Victoria, Marbella, and Estepona, forcing watches to raise red prohibition flags to avoid people getting stung. Most of these bothersome creatures belong to the species #i# pelagie noctiluca #i#, which is four centimetres long. 

Experts blame the plague on the lack of rainfall, unpredictable sea currents and the fact that their main predators, namely marine turtles and red tuna, are disappearing in the Mediterranean Sea due to water pollution and excessive fishing. 

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