Beachgoers In Spain Face Invasion Of Jellyfish
Blue turquoise waves lap at white sand on the Spanish island of Formentera in the Mediterranean Sea. Sweaty tourists from all over Europe cram the beach. But on this particular afternoon, no one dares take a cool dip in the water.
The reason? It’s what Spaniards call “medusas” — named after the monster from Greek mythology, with a woman’s face and venomous snakes for hair. In English, they’re called jellyfish.
Gabrielle Amand’s son was a recent victim of one. He’s wrapped in a towel, sitting under an umbrella on the shore.
“It’s very small, very small. … It hurts a lot. He cried a lot,” says Amand, whose family is on holiday from France. “He doesn’t want to go in again.”
Santiago Sanchez and his college buddies from Madrid have been coming to Formentera for summer vacation for 14 years. They charter a boat, sleep out at sea and swim into sheltered crystal-clear coves. Unfortunately, so do the jellyfish.
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