Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
01 August 2013 10:37
Jellyfish numbers reported to be surging across the Mediterranean, around the UK and in other parts of the world
Holidaymakers have been advised to be vigilant following a significant increase in jellyfish in various parts of the world.
After the recent spell of warm weather an increase in jellyfish blooms has been noted in UK waters as well as across large sections of the Mediterranean, which is a holiday hotspot during the summer season.
The news may be of interest to all Brits heading off on holiday this summer, in particular those with diagnosed conditions who are travelling with
pre-existing medical travel insurance, as certain types of jellyfish are known for their potent sting.
Even those holidaying within the UK might want to practise caution, as the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) said lion's mane jellyfish have been sighted in greater numbers around North Wales and north-west England.
The charity warned the sting of the lion's mane jellyfish can be powerful and advised anyone taking part in an ongoing survey to measure numbers to only look but not touch the sea creatures.
People are being asked by the MCS to report their sightings of jellyfish wherever they see them in the UK as part of its annual survey.
The sea creatures surged on to the news agenda in June when a mass arrival of millions of jellyfish was reported along thousands of miles of the Mediterranean coastline.
Dr Peter Richardson, biodiversity programme manager at the MCS, said fluctuations in numbers can reveal much about the health of the seas, although he conceded that still relatively little is known about jellyfish.
There is a debate among scientists as to whether the increase in numbers reported recently is simply part of a natural cycle or if it is the result of other factors linked to humans such as over-fishing, pollution or even climate change.
Increasing numbers of moon, compass, blue and lion's mane jellyfish have been reported in UK waters since the spell of hot weather arrived.
"The scarcity of jellyfish reports before June was unusual and could well be linked to the exceptionally cold spring," Dr Richardson commented.
"However, as our waters warmed, sightings of jellyfish increased."
21 March 2017
The effects of being in skyscrapers, at concerts or even walking on wobbly bridges could help scientists understand the experiences of dementia sufferers, researchers are claiming.
18 March 2017
A young actor has released pictures of a lump on her throat that turned out to be thyroid cancer, with hopes the image will raise awareness and alert others who may be suffering from the disease.
17 March 2017
A "promising treatment" for aggressive blood cancer needs more evidence of its effectiveness before NHS doctors will be able to prescribe, a watchdog is warning.
16 March 2017
Millions of Brits are opting for coach holidays over jet-setting and cruises, new research indicates.
15 March 2017
Thousands of flights to and from America's north east have been cancelled in preparation for a "life-threatening" storm poised to hit the country.
14 March 2017
Seniors who experience weight loss should not put it down to the normal ageing process, experts are warning.
11 March 2017
Gatwick Airport is insisting it is still a "credible and deliverable" expansion option, as the airport experienced its busiest ever February.
08 March 2017
Strikes by French air traffic controllers (ATCs) are leading to delays and cancellations across the UK.
10 March 2017
Waiting times for kidney transplant patients have fallen significantly, health officials have said.
09 March 2017
A Dutch snowboarder has been fatally injured in the second avalanche to hit the French Alps in 24 hours.
07 March 2017
The risk of developing a deadly form of breast cancer can be cut by 40% by following a Mediterranean diet, new research has found.
04 March 2017
Researchers have warned that people who eat an excessive number of takeaways and ready meals every week could face an increased risk of developing cancer.