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Jellyfish invasion forces Costa beaches to close

A file photo of a typical jellyfish on the sole of a bather's flipflop.
A file photo of a typical jellyfish on the sole of a bather's flipflop. / SUR
  • Not for the first time this summer, the east wind pushed the dangerous invertebrates to the shore, mostly in the Axarquía

The east wind, known as the 'Levante', has been pushing a plague of jellyfish back on to the Costa del Sol this week, after similar incidents earlier his summer.

On Wednesday much of the eastern Costa along the Axarquía was affected, with yellow flags raised, advising swimming with caution, and in Malaga city itself the red flag was displayed. By Thursday, the Levante wind had pushed the invertebrate animals, which can cause nasty stings when in contact with human skin, towards the western Costa, including Marbella, Mijas, Fuengirola and Manilva.

Jesús Bellido, a biologist at the Aula del Mar marine centre in Malaga said, "They are here to stay for a few days."