Jellyfish Invasion in Crimea

A countless number of jellyfish were thrown on the shore of a popular beach near the village of Shchyolkino, prompting those wishing to enjoy the warm Azov Sea to go elsewhere.

The growth in the jellyfish population is caused by warm and dry weather in the region in recent years, said Sergei Alymov, a researcher of the Russian Institute of Biology of the South Sea.

Dry weather reduces the amount of fresh water flowing from rivers into the sea, which ultimately makes seawater more salty, creating an ideal environment for jellyfish.

With plenty of food in the Sea of Azov, jellyfish can quickly increase their population, Alemov said.

Jellyfish populations are likely to remain high as long as the water is salty enough, he added.

Although some tourists still wanted to swim among the jellyfish, the beach at Shkolkin was virtually empty Monday.

Alena Plyas, who came to Crimea on vacation from Moscow, said it was difficult to swim in the sea because she had to feel the jellyfish and their “cold, disgusting touch.”

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