Jellyfish is not very dangerous but their mucus is irritant to the skin. They are commonly found near the coasts of Turkey, Italy and Malta. They swim upside down with their mouths at the bottom. These creatures are also known as the Man O’ War and compass jellyfish.
Man O’ War
The Man O’ War jellyfish has been found in waters throughout the world. Although they can sting humans, they are rarely fatal. Their movements are propelled by the wind and ocean currents, and they drift in colonies. Their stings can cause welts or raised circular areas on the skin.
The sting of the Portuguese Man O’ War jellyfish is particularly painful, but it is not life-threatening. It can cause painful welts on the skin and may even cause an allergic reaction. In rare cases, the sting can cause temporary paralysis. The sting may also result in muscle cramps and elevated heart rates. One woman swam off the coast of Sardinia and was stung by one. Those who were stung may experience a delayed reaction or anaphylactic shock. Even weeks or days later, the sting can still cause pain.
Compass jellyfish live in the coastal waters of Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea. They can reach a diameter of 30 cm and have four long, frilled arms. Their bright orange or red color helps you recognize them. If you encounter one, it is a good idea to stay away from it as it is poisonous.
The jellyfish’s distribution is based on biogeographic regions, which are characterized by distinct climates, ecosystems, and animal life. The biogeographic regions are also grouped by continents. For example, the compass jellyfish’s biogeographic range is located in the Palearctic region, which includes the northernmost part of our planet, which is characterized by tundra, as well as the Mediterranean Sea and sub-Saharan Africa.
Several reports of sightings of dangerous purple jellyfish on Turkish beaches have raised concerns ahead of summer swimming season. The jellyfish, which can reach two meters in length, can sting humans. These creatures have been reported in the Mediterranean, Aegean, Marmara, and Black Seas. There are 18 different species of jellyfish, all of which can be potentially toxic. They also pose a threat to fishing. If you spot any of these jellyfish, please report them to the Turkish Marine Research Foundation, which runs a database dedicated to the problem. There are volunteers who are available to help in the investigation.
The main problem with purple jellyfish is that they are so toxic that they can cause severe medical complications. The sting of these creatures is painful and can last up to two weeks. In addition to pain, people can suffer from dizziness, vomiting, and diarrhea. They may also experience sudden, recurrent skin eruptions. In order to avoid such severe conditions, you should always avoid touching the creatures or getting close to them.
Poisonous compass jellyfish
You may have heard of compass jellyfish, but what’s their danger? Well, the fact is that these creatures can be deadly. They live in the Mediterranean Sea, the Marmara Sea, and the Aegean Sea. They have red bodies and arms that can grow up to 1.5 meters long.
The sting of a compass jellyfish is very painful and can last for a long time. You should never touch a compass jellyfish, and it is best to wash it off with vinegar or ammonia. If you do get in contact with one, contact the nearest health institution.
Migratory rhopilema nomad jellyfish
In 2009 and 2010, the number of Rhopilema nomad jellyfish increased excessively on the coasts of Antalya, causing adverse effects. Typically, the population of jellyfish in the Mediterranean increases in the late spring and summer months. This year, however, the increase started in the winter months, when sea temperatures began to rise. The increase is expected to continue into the coming days. As a result, the TMRF issued an “avoid contact” warning.
Since then, several species of the jellyfish have been reported in the Mediterranean, including Turkey. First recorded in the Suez Canal in the late 1970s, the jellyfish have spread rapidly throughout the Mediterranean, including Egypt, Cyprus, and Tunisia.