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Jellyfish season in Israel

Despite the small size of Israel, it is washed by two seas – the Mediterranean and the Red. However, beach holidays in the resorts of this country can be overshadowed by the presence of unpleasant inhabitants of these seas-jellyfish…

In recent years, jellyfish have multiplied as a result of human activity. Technogenic factors lead to an increase in water temperature in the ocean, and fishing leads to a reduction in the population of sea turtles, tuna and other large fish, which are the main enemies of the “sea nettle”. Once there were no poisonous jellyfish in the Mediterranean-they always lived in the Indian ocean. But after the opening of the Suez canal, the warm current brought jellyfish to the Mediterranean sea, and since then, every year in the summer months, these uninvited guests swim to the shores of sea resorts.

Map of resorts in Israel

Jellyfish on the Mediterranean sea
The swimming season in the Mediterranean starts in may. But in early June, jellyfish colonies attack the entire Mediterranean coast of the country-from Nahariya to Ashkelon. Most of these sea creatures can be found in the Northern resorts-in Haifa, Akko, Shavey-Zion and Nahariya. They become much smaller by the end of July, and only by the middle of August they almost completely disappear from the coastal zones. During the jellyfish season, swimming in the Mediterranean sea becomes uncomfortable: the water feels a strong burning sensation due to the fact that these marine inhabitants release stinging threads into the water. Transparent white jellyfish of the ropilema and kornerot species swim to the shores of the Mediterranean resorts of Israel, whose burns can cause a strong allergic reaction and even anaphylactic shock.

For swimming in the Mediterranean sea during the jellyfish season, it is recommended to wear closed bathing suits – they protect not only from poisonous marine life, but also from sunlight. Also, at this time, you can not dive without a mask or goggles for scuba diving: jellyfish burns are especially dangerous to the eyes and in some cases can lead to partial loss of vision. And small children can not go into the water at all – a jellyfish burn threatens them with a fatal outcome.

A monitoring site will help you track the movements and extent of jellyfish accumulation off the Mediterranean coast of Israel the Site is available only in Hebrew, but it is easy to understand the interactive map presented on it. Poisonous jellyfish are marked in red, non-poisonous ones in blue. The icon with three jellyfish shows a large cluster of them, and with one – a comparative small one. Red stripes along the shore mean burning water.

For those who find themselves on the Mediterranean coast of Israel during the jellyfish season, this map will help you find beaches that are safe for swimming. The site does not load from Russian IP addresses, but in Israel you can access it from a mobile device by connecting to Wi-Fi.
Jellyfish on the Red sea
There is only one Israeli resort on the Red sea – Eilat. Unlike Mediterranean resorts, it is rich in the beauty of the underwater world. The water in the Red sea is cooler than in the Mediterranean, so there are almost no poisonous jellyfish here – ropilems swim from the Indian ocean immediately to the warmer Mediterranean sea. In the summer months, colonies of blue jellyfish-aurelias, which are completely safe for humans, swim to the shore of the Gulf of Eilat. But in some years, the water temperature in the Red sea becomes abnormally high, and poisonous jellyfish remain in the Gulf of Eilat.


The symptoms of sunburn
Immediately after receiving the burn, the victim will feel a burning sensation and pain. Possible pain shock. The affected area quickly begins to redden and become covered with a rash. The victim may experience nausea and dizziness, and in particularly severe cases, choking and coughing.
What to do and what not to do with a burn
After receiving a jellyfish burn, it is best to seek help from coast rescuers, who are available on all well-maintained beaches in Israel. It is enough to say the word “Medusa ” – in Hebrew it sounds the same. If there were no rescuers nearby, the acidic environment will help to eliminate the pain and alleviate the consequences of the burn. The affected area of the skin should be treated with the juice of fresh lemon or tomato, Apple cider vinegar is also suitable.

In order not to increase skin irritation and increase the area of the burn, in any case, you can not do the following:

wash the burn with fresh water;

lubricate with cream and oils;

process with alcohol-containing liquids, including iodine and green paint;

RUB with your hands;

take alcohol inside.
Where to relax in Israel during the jellyfish season
For those who plan a beach holiday in Israel, during the jellyfish season, it is better to choose resorts near freshwater reservoirs: lake Kinneret, the Jordan river and its tributaries, and the Sahne. The water temperature in these reservoirs is the same as in the Mediterranean sea. In Eilat, it is very hot in the summer: the air temperature can reach +40°C, and the water temperature in the Bay of Eilat is not higher than +26°C. This temperature difference can be uncomfortable for many vacationers.
In 2018, the first jellyfish sailed to the shores of Mediterranean resorts two months earlier than usual – in April. On June 11, jellyfish were spotted vacationing all over the coast. However, this year’s jellyfish season ended without starting. They did not swim too close to the shore, and at the beginning of July they disappeared altogether.

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