Purple jellyfish: In which seas they will be found in the first week of August and recent sightings in Kefalonia

Purple jellyfish are still found in many Greek seas and their sting is particularly painful.

Purple jellyfish are among the most dangerous stingray species in the Mediterranean and due to the neurotoxin they have, their sting hurts a lot.

According to the recordings of the last ten days on the iNaturalist platform there is an increase in the recording of purple jellyfish in many parts of Greece.

As reported by JellyReport the first week of August is expected to see a split of the jellyfish in more places.

He even mentions the Argosaronic, the Cyclades and the Ionian, but much depends on the local sea currents of each region as to where the jellyfish will move.

Before climate change purple jellyfish appeared about every 10 to 12 years and lasted a maximum of 4 years (average 2-3 years).

It should be noted that from 2015 to 2018 there were many purple jellyfish in the Gulf of Corinth, in Malta from 2018 to 2020, while in January 2022 they reappeared in Malta.

Regarding this year for Greece, purple jellyfish have appeared in the Aegean and the Ionian, there were reports from winter swimmers in January 2022 as well.

Kefalonia Jellyfish recent siting Map

Link to interactive map

 

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