Jellyfish invasion stirs debate over Suez Canal
Swarms of jellyfish have descended on Egypt’s northern coast, keeping vacationers out of the water and stirring debate over a recent expansion of the Suez Canal. The nomad jellyfish, Rhopilema nomadica, is native to the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea but has been turning up in the Mediterranean in growing numbers in recent years. This year was the worst in recent memory. Wary bathers largely avoided the sea during the long Eid al-Fitr holiday last month, and social media was awash with pictures of the purple swarms and advice on how to treat stings. Egyptian officials deny the recent expansion is to blame.