Thousands of Pink Jellyfish Flock To Deserted Beach in the Philippines amid Coronavirus Crisis

By: | April 6th, 2020

Image Credit: Twitter / @SheldonRey

Biologists have witnessed thousands of pink jellyfish bloom off a beach in the Philippines usually bustling with tourists. Palawan, Philippines is a tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches. Once packed with many people, these beaches are now deserted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the absence of tourists and related activities, nature is flourishing.

Nobody ever spotted Jellyfish in these numbers for ages

Known as ‘sea tomato’, these strange amorphous creatures are now rising to the surface. This may be because they no more feel threatened due to lack of human activity. However some experts have different views.

Sheldon Rey Boco, a PhD student at Australia’s Griffith University, tweeted: “Jellyfish certainly are not affected by #COVID19 restrictions.

“These hundreds or thousands of medusae are probably present in late January or February but because of wind, current and tidal conditions, they only seem to appear during March in Palawan.

“The atmosphere, water velocity, current, tide and even geological features of the bay or any body of water can influence the occurrence of medusae and their blooms.”

Boco shared a video taken by him on March 23 in Corong Corong Beach in El Nido, Palawan

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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