Palma—The Foreign Office yesterday updated its travel advice warning that jellyfish blooms have been reported in a number of Mediterranean resorts and for people to heed local advice.

But local marine biologists have said that this year's increase was “no different” from other years and that the blooms consisted of non-stinging species.

They added that they were monitoring the situation very closely.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We have been alerted to large numbers of jellyfish in the Mediterranean this summer, especially in a number of key holiday destinations for UK tourists. “We have updated our travel advice for a number of Mediterranean countries to reflect this issue.” She added that the Foreign Office aimed to keep its advice “as informative and useful for visitors as possible”.
However, Stefano Piraino - project co-ordinator of the Mediterranean JellyRisk programme - said there was no need for tourists to be unduly concerned. “Of course, as in any other ocean or sea in the world, there might be some problems,” he said. “In the Mediterranean, we are lucky and do not have deadly jellyfish.” But he did acknowledge: “We are experiencing, as in many other places around the world, an increase in jellyfish.”


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