Good tidings as jellyfish migrate out of Israeli waters

Last swarm of season is swept north to Syria.

July 24, 2013 14:47
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Jellyfish 370. (photo credit: Jonathan Miller)

The Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research center in Haifa announced that the seasonal swarm of jellyfish near Israel's Mediterranean coast has been swept away from the Israeli coastline, Army Radio reported on Wednesday.

The swarm of jellyfish was being swept north and was migrating towards the Syrian coast, according to the report.   

The jellyfish that were tracked north were the last swarm of the summer season.

Jellyfish season hit Israel’s shores earlier this month with just a scattered few of the gelatinous creatures reaching the Mediterranean sands but many more causing a dreaded “stinging water” pain as their stray fibers float about

“The swarm is rather dispersed this summer, with few – but occasionally large – individuals reaching the shore,” Dr. Bella Galil, of Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

“However, the presence of the swarm offshore causes the ‘stinging water’ sensation caused by detached filaments bearing the stinging cells,” Dr. Bella Galil, of Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, told The Jerusalem Post.

A five-year-old girl was rushed to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera this month after suffering serious burns on her limbs and her neck from a jellyfish sting.

The child, Shahar Meron of the Matan settlement, was swimming at the Dor Beach when she was stung by a jellyfish.

“She swelled up incredibly badly,” said her mother, Adi.

She was treated and hospitalized, but now her condition is good.

Sharon Udasin contributed to this report.

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