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Warning signs deployed on jellyfish beaches

12th August 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

Safety officials in Spain have installed warning signs on several beaches after hundreds of people have been stung by jellyfish.

According to the Guardian, three spots on the Costa Blanca, close to Elche at the east of the country, saw 380 people stung last Tuesday. Juan Carlos Castellanos, of the city's tourism department, told the newspaper that typically four of five swimmers are usually stung.

And since Sunday over 700 people have suffered a jellyfish sting.

Mr Castellanos told the news provider: "In the five or six years I have been in this job, I have never seen anything like this."

In an effort to combat what amounts to a jellyfish invasion, officials have erected warning signs and sent lookout boats to monitor beaches from offshore.

It is believed particularly strong currents are washing hundreds of the sea creatures onto beaches. If calm conditions persist afterwards then they will stay in the areas.

Last month a walker who got into danger after walking into quicksand on a Welsh beach called for warning signs to be erected at the spot.


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