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When Jellyfish attack

A Papuan jellyfish.

Photo: Liu Yu-ching, Liberty Times

Following days of high temperatures and southerly winds, vast armadas of jellyfish have been repeatedly attacking the coast of Penghu Island. There have been a succession of reports of swimmers being stung, however all were isolated cases and there were no reports of large groups of injured being taken to hospital. Since there are many different species of jellyfish whose poison varies from mild to highly toxic, local authorities are urging the public to take extra care when swimming in the sea.

According to the Penghu Marine Biology Research Center, an influx of jellyfish can occur following a period of extremely hot weather which causes the temperature of the water to rise. The addition of a strong southerly wind will sweep jellyfish toward coastal areas which is the reason for successive waves of jellyfish appearing in the thousands, such as Papuan jellyfish — also called spotted jelly — at Baishawa Cove and “coin jellyfish” in the Magongshi area. Densely packed shoals of jellyfish can be seen blanketing the waters at any of Penghu’s harbors and beaches, however as for the potency of their venom, the Portuguese man o’ war, for example, is highly poisonous. Last year, an extremely poisonous box jellyfish was discovered in the Wukan marine area whose sting can be fatal to humans.

(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)





1. jellyfish n. 水母 (shui2 mu3)

2. sting v. 螫傷 (zhe1 shang1)

3. isolated case n. phr.

零星個案 (ling2 xing1 ge4 an4)

4. toxic adj. 有毒的 (you3 du2 de5)

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