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Spain closes beaches due to deadly jellyfish

At the height of the swimming season, many tourists from the cold North of Europe are forced to look longingly at the beautiful water of Spanish beaches, not daring to go to the sea…

Too bright, terrible images of victims were published in local media, and rescue services are in no hurry to lower alarming red flags. In Andalusia, a fair wind from Benidorm caught up with an Armada of Portuguese ships-beautiful, but deadly sea creatures. And people are forced to escape on the shore.

“The pain was unbearable, for the first time in my life I began to beg for death, if only it would stop” – journalists quoted Naomi Mateos as saying.She became the most famous victim of Portuguese ships this season, while the other victims chose to remain incognito. Photos of a web of traces from the poisonous tentacles of a jellyfish on the skin of a 23-year-old girl are more eloquent than any arguments of the authorities. And her story is an example that danger can lie in wait for everyone.

Naomi came across a sea monster on the very popular tourist beach of Punta de Calnegre, in the region of Murcia. She managed to go into the water just a dozen meters, dived and immediately jumped back from the severe pain that spread from the wrist to the entire back. Moments later, the girl’s body was paralyzed with agony, and she lost control of it, which was all she could do to scream. Literally on animal instincts. Further, she remembers vaguely-people who came to the rescue with the help of flippers and other items removed the poisonous tentacles from her and sent her to the hospital.

Photos of a web of traces from poisonous jellyfish tentacles on the skin of a 23-year-old girl
The girl can not be accused of carelessness, the Portuguese ships are dangerous because of the bright and noticeable air bubble stretches thin, barely discernible tentacles in the water, whose length can reach tens of meters! This is not an ordinary jellyfish that can be pushed away or skirted, this creature belongs to the category of siphonophores and is a colony of many small creatures. It has no organs of movement, is entirely dependent on the wind and waves, and therefore got the hang of detecting and killing any prey to survive. Tentacles on contact tend to wrap around the victim’s body to increase the area of contact and the amount of venom released. If such an infection spreads around the child’s body, death is inevitable.

Tentacles on contact tend to wrap around the victim’s body
Therefore, it is not surprising that the authorities of a completely different resort made a quick decision to restrict access to water, when on Victoria beach, Portuguese boats attacked 2 tourists, a mother and daughter. The city Council of Cadiz ordered the closure of 4 beaches at once: Victoria, Cortadura, Santa Maria and, with a heavy heart, Getares. The ban is temporary and everything now depends on the weather and the work of rescue services-they are constantly studying the water area for the presence of dangerous creatures in it.

Last month, the authorities of Benidorm faced similar problems, which had a lot of trouble in the middle of the season to close the main value of the resort-its beaches. But now there is all the wisdom of this decision, because in that region, only 7 people were injured by Portuguese ships. And they got off with minor injuries, did not even have to go to the hospital. The authorities quickly localized the situation on the Mal Pas beach, and then on the Levant and Poniente, and in a few hours the red flags of the alarm were already changed to yellow.

As such, there are no special ways to protect against Portuguese ships. They will not be able to inject the poison through dense tissue, so professional divers in their wetsuits are relatively safe. It is difficult to fight this scourge and, in fact, it is useless – the wind and currents drive ships around The world’s ocean, so accumulating a poisonous scourge in one place is considered commonplace. Including resorts in Spain.

 

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