Uninvited Christmas visitors to Murcia’s Mar Menor

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Uninvited Christmas visitors to Murcia's Mar Menor
PELAGIA NOCTILUCA: Jellyfish blown by east winds towards the Murcia coast Photo credit: Hans Hillewaert

LA MANGA and the Mar Menor beaches in neighbouring Murcia awoke to beaches filled with jellyfish on December 19.

Experts explained that the levanter east wind had blown the bank of Pelagia noctiluca jellyfish – popularly known as purple stingers – towards the Cartagena coast.

The Galua and Marchamalo beaches are full of them,” a resident told Murcia’s Spanish media.  “I’ve lived here for 40 years but have never seen so many.”

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Expert Francisco Lopez from Cartagena’s Oceanographic Research Institute (CORI), voiced a similar opinion.

“Something similar happened four years ago in Cartagena port and banks of this species often appear in Cabo de Palos and Calblanque, but I’ve never seen so many in this area,” he added.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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