First, there were shark sightings over Mamzar Beach Park. Now that cyclone gonu is gone, several reports of jellyfish influx at Jumeirah beach prompted lifeguards to ban swimmers last Sunday.
Red flags were hoisted at the beach park yesterday due to a large number of jellyfish spotted in the morning. The jellyfish caught in the waters are quite common in the Indian ocean where the cyclone originated. Especially when the seas are rough in summer, they are carried by the ocean current and most probably via the cyclone.
The specimens photographed looked like juveniles but adults can reach a kilogram in weight. Babies usually eject a miniature torpedo to paralyse their prey or coil their tentacle around it. Bathers would feel a prick like an electric shock if they brushed against them in the sea. Sounds so nasty to me for a baby!!
Above picture I took 2 months ago in Jumeirah Beach Park. I don’t know if it’s alive or not. I am just glad I did not step on it!!