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Last week small numbers of the nomadic
jellyfish (Rhopilema nomadica) were reported off the
Mediterranean coast of Israel.
At present there are
few jellyfish on the beaches of Ashkelon and Ashdod,
slight stings were reported. Stings were reported from
some beaches in Tel Aviv. Few jellyfish were noted in
Caesarea, Maagan Michael and Dor. The summer swarm
has yet to arrive.
Dr. Bella Gallil
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Dr. Bella Galil, Israel
Oceanographic & Limnological Research
The oldest fossils of Jellyfish are over 500
million years old and are quite similar to their present day
descendants. Jellyfish maybe among the most ancient organisms on the
planet, but are unpopular with the Israeli public, and have never
received a flattering media coverage.
Jellyfish are found in all oceans, from the
littoral to the greatest depth. They range in size from thimble size
to giants, like Cyanea arctica
, which umbrella is
2 meter across and its arms stretch 30 m (not to worry, that
creature does not live in the Mediterranean).
Mediterranean coast of Israel are known four native species and four
alien species that have established reproducing populations:
Rhopilema nomadica, Cassiopea andormeda, Phyllorizhia punctata
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nomadica jellyfish caught by fishermen in Haifa Bay