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Spain closes beaches due to deadly jellyfish

Too bright, scary shots of the victims were published in local media, and rescue services are in no hurry to lower the alarming red flags. In Andalusia, a tailwind from Benidorm caught up with the armada of Portuguese ships – beautiful, but deadly sea creatures. And people are forced to flee ashore.

“The pain was unbearable, for the first time in my life I began to beg for death, if only it would stop,” reporters quoted Naomi Mateos as saying. She became the most famous victim of the Portuguese ships this season, while the rest of the victims chose to remain incognito. Photos of a web of traces of poisonous tentacles of 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 Murcia region. She managed to enter the water literally a dozen meters, dived and immediately jumped back from severe pain, which spread from her wrist all over her back. After a moment, the girl’s body was already paralyzed with agony, she lost control of him, which only managed to yell. Literally on animal instincts. She remembers further vaguely – people who came to the rescue with the help of fins and other objects removed poisonous tentacles from her and sent her to the hospital.

Photos of a web of traces of poisonous tentacles of jellyfish on the skin of a 23-year-old girl
The girl cannot be blamed for negligence, the Portuguese boats are dangerous because thin, barely visible in the water tentacles stretch from a bright and noticeable air bubble, whose length can reach tens of meters! This is not an ordinary jellyfish that can be pushed away or circled around, this creature belongs to the category of siphonophore and is a colony of many small creatures. It has no organs of movement, it depends entirely on wind and waves, and therefore it has become a skill to detect and kill any prey in order to survive. The tentacles in contact strive to wrap themselves around the victim’s body in order to increase the area of ​​contact and the amount of poison released. If such an infection sweeps around the child’s body, death is inevitable.

Tentacles on contact strive to wrap themselves 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 Portuguese boats attacked 2 tourists, a mother and a daughter, on Victoria Beach. The Cadiz City Council ordered the immediate closure of 4 beaches: Victoria, Cortadura, Santa Maria and, with a heavy heart, Getares. The ban is temporary and now everything 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 cost a lot of work at the height of the season to close the main value of the resort – its beaches. But now all the wisdom of such a decision is evident, because in that region only 7 people suffered from Portuguese ships. Yes, and those escaped with minor injuries, did not even have to go to hospital. Authorities quickly localized the situation on Mal Pas beach, and then on the Levant and Poniente, and after a few hours the red alarm flags had already changed to yellow.

As such, there are no special methods of protection against Portuguese boats. They will not be able to inject poison through dense tissue, so professional divers in their wetsuits are relatively safe. Fighting this scourge is difficult and, in fact, useless – the wind and currents drive boats all over the oceans, so the accumulation of poisonous adversity in one place is considered commonplace. Including the resorts of Spain.

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