Millions of jellyfish along Mata’s east coast
Millions of jellyfish were seen yesterday along the entire east coast of Malta, in what marine biologist Alan Deidun described as ‘purple carpets’ of mauve stingers ( pelagia noctiluca) in Birzebbuġa, St Thomas Bay, Xgħajra, Msida and Baħar ic-Cagħaq.
Prof. Deidun, who coordinates the Spot the Jellyfish citizen science campaign, said the bloom consisted of just the one species which normally bloom in Maltese waters in late May and early June.
He said this year’s bloom had been anticipated by a few weeks, possibly due to the onset of an anomalously dry and warm January, known to trigger the annual spawning/reproduction of the species, which normally happens in late winter.
The bloom, reported as part of the Spot the Jellyfish campaign, is expected to last no more than a few weeks. The campaign is run by the International Ocean Institute and supported by the Malta Tourism Authority.
Members of the public are encouraged to continue supporting the campaign through jellyfish sighting reports, which can be submitted on the campaign website, Facebook page and also via email to firstname.lastname@example.org