More Spanish Beaches Close After Deadly Jellyfish Invasion Continues To Wreak Havoc
The dangerous Man O'War jellyfish, which have already forced the closure of three Benidorm beaches, are continuing their war path in Andalusia, where a mother and daughter have become the eighth and ninth victims of their poisonous tentacles.
As thousands of Brits flock to Spanish shores for their summer holiday, Getares Beach is the fourth beach to be closed this season as swarms of the deadly jellyfish have been wreaking havoc just days after being spotted in Marbella.
Reporting feeling left "paralysed with agony" after being stung by the Man O'War's tentacles - which can stretch up to 100 feet in length - the latest casualties haven't yet been named but come quickly after Naomi Mateos, 23, was left hospitalised in the city of Murcia when she was stung on the popular Puntas de Calnegre beach.
Describing the incident, she said: "Only ten metres from the shore, I felt a strong pain in my wrist that went all the way to my back. I became paralysed. I could not move and could only scream."
Three beaches were temporarily closed in Benidorm recently after seven people were stung by the jellyfish, the first of which was found at the popular Levante beach.
Reports were confirmed by Benidorm's Councillor for Beaches, Monica Gomez, who said: "Benidorm Town Hall activated a Portuguese Men O'War protocol after two were found off town beaches. They were removed by lifeguards."
"As a precautionary measure bathing was banned and the red flag hoisted for an hour at the main Levante and Poniente beaches, and for more than two hours as Mas Pas beach," she added.
While injuries are believed to be minor, "five were taken to Villajoyosa Hospital as part of protocol and as a precautionary measure," said Monica.
Even though the Portuguese Man O'War is often called a jellyfish, it is actually a species of siphonophore, a group of animals that are closely related to jellyfish.
Their tentacles are loaded with coiled, barbed tubes that deliver venom known to paralyse and kill small fish and crustaceans.
We think we might be avoiding Spain for our next vacation.
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