Jellyfish season in Israel
Despite the small size of Israel, it is washed by two seas – the Mediterranean and the Red. However, beach vacations in the resorts of this country can be overshadowed by the presence of unpleasant inhabitants of these seas – jellyfish …
In recent years, jellyfish breed as a result of human activity. Technogenic factors lead to an increase in the water temperature in the ocean, and fishing leads to a decrease in the population of sea turtles, tuna and other large fish, which are the main enemies of the “sea nettle.” Once upon a time in the Mediterranean Sea there were no poisonous jellyfish at all – they always lived in the Indian Ocean. But after the opening of the Suez Canal, a warm current brought jellyfish to the Mediterranean Sea, and since then each year in the summer months these uninvited guests swim to the shores of sea resorts.
Map of Israel Resorts
Jellyfish in the mediterranean
The swimming season in the Mediterranean begins in May. But already in early June, colonies of jellyfish attack the entire Mediterranean coast of the country – from Nahariya to Ashkelon. Most of these marine life can be found in the northern resorts – in Haifa, Acre, Shavei Zion and Nahariya. Significantly fewer of them become by the end of July, and only by the middle of August they almost completely disappear from the coastal zones. During the jellyfish season, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea becomes uncomfortable: a strong burning sensation is felt in the water due to the fact that these marine inhabitants release stinging threads into the water. To the shores of the Mediterranean resorts of Israel, transparent white jellyfish of ropilema and cornerot species swim, whose burns can cause a strong allergic reaction and even anaphylactic shock.
For swimming in the Mediterranean Sea during the jellyfish season, it is recommended to wear closed bathing suits – they protect not only from the poisonous sea inhabitants, but also from the sun’s rays. Also at this time you can’t dive without a mask or glasses for diving: burns of jellyfish are especially dangerous for the eyes and in some cases can lead to partial loss of vision. And young children can’t enter the water at all – a jellyfish burn threatens them with a fatal outcome.
The monitoring site meduzot.co.il will help you track the movements and degree of congestion of jellyfish off the Mediterranean coast of Israel. The site is available only in Hebrew, but it is not difficult to understand the interactive map presented on it. Poisonous jellyfish are marked in red, non-toxic jellyfish in blue. An icon with three jellyfish shows their large cluster, and with one – a comparatively small one. Red stripes along the coast mean burning water.
For those on the Mediterranean coast of Israel during the jellyfish season, this card will help you find safe beaches. The site does not load from Russian IP, but in Israel you can access it from a mobile device by connecting to Wi-Fi.
Jellyfish in the Red Sea
There is only one Israeli resort on the Red Sea – Eilat. Unlike the Mediterranean resorts, it is rich in the beauty of the underwater world. Water in the Red Sea is cooler than in the Mediterranean, so there are practically no poisonous jellyfish – ropilemata swim from the Indian Ocean immediately into the warmer Mediterranean Sea. In the summer months, colonies of blue aurelia jellyfish, completely safe for humans, swim to the shore of the Eilat Gulf. But in some years, the water temperature in the Red Sea becomes abnormally high, and poisonous jellyfish remain in the Gulf of Eilat.
Immediately after receiving a burn, the victim will feel a burning sensation and pain. Possible pain shock. The affected area quickly begins to redden and become covered with a rash. The victim may begin to feel nauseous and dizzy, in especially severe cases – suffocation and coughing.
What is needed and what cannot be done with a burn
Having received a jellyfish burn, it is best to seek help from the coast rescuers who are on all the comfortable beaches of Israel. It is enough to say the word “jellyfish” – in Hebrew it sounds the same. If rescuers were not nearby, an acidic environment will help to eliminate pain and alleviate the effects of a burn. The affected area of the skin needs to be treated with juice of fresh lemon or tomato, apple cider vinegar is also suitable.
In order not to intensify skin irritation and not increase the area of the burn, in no case should you do the following:
rinse the burn with fresh water;
lubricate with cream and oils;
treat with alcohol-containing liquids, including iodine and brilliant green;
rub your hands;
take alcohol inside.
Where to relax in Israel during the jellyfish season
For those planning a beach holiday in Israel, in the jellyfish season, it is better to choose resorts near freshwater bodies: Lake Kinneret, the Jordan River and its tributaries, Sahne. The water temperature in these reservoirs is the same as in the Mediterranean Sea. It is very hot in Eilat in summer: the air temperature can reach + 40 ° С, and the water temperature in the Eilat Bay – not higher than + 26 ° С. Such a temperature difference can be uncomfortable for many vacationers.