Swimmers on alert

A “plague” of jelly fish has been spotted in waters off beaches in Calvia over the past few days, particularly the beaches at Palmanova and Magalluf. According to experts the sudden increase in the number of jelly fish and their appearance close to the beaches has been caused by the sudden increase in temperatures of the water and a change in current. Civil Protection staff responsible for treating swimmers stung by the jelly fish have asked for a special ointment to ease the sting and pain of swimmers who come into contact with the jelly fish. Yesterday morning a number of pharmacists in the Calvia area treated a large number of tourists with medicine or ointments for jelly fish stings. But, by early yesterday afternoon, the local Police said that the wind was moving the jelly fish away from the beaches, but there were still jelly fish reported near the beaches in Portals Nous and Palmanova. Anybody heading to the beach tomorrow and worried about jelly fish should keep an eye out for a yellow flag. If the flag is flying it means that there are jelly fish in the sea and be extra careful.

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