Jel­ly­fish in­va­sion stirs de­bate over Suez Canal

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

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.

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