Gigantic species of jellyfish washed out on Mazatlan beaches


Jellyfish and Medusa are invertebrates that, together with corals, gorgonians and anemones, belong to the group of cnidarians (knidé = nettle, comes from the Greek). This animal group presents stinging cells that they use to capture prey and also as a defense.

These type of animal (do not mistake it for the infamous “Aguamala“, as it is a different kind), can be very dangerous, as they have stinging cells that lacerate the skin, provoking pain, allergic reactions and in some cases fever.

These marine species reach the Mazatlan beaches, due to the strong winds that drag them from the coast of Baja California

Jellyfish on the beach. Foto: José Luis Rodríguez I El Sol de Mazatlán

‘Giant’ jellyfish or quemadores (“burners” literally in Spanish) appear on Mazatlan beaches.

The marine species arrive at the beaches as the strong winds drag them from the coasts of Baja California.

Photo: El Sol de Mazatlan

“Large species reach the beaches of Mazatlan through strong winds that drag them from the coast of Baja California”; recognized the commander of the Aquatic Rescue Squadron of the Municipal Police, Gonzalo Magallanes Romero.

In the last two weeks there has been a marked presence of these marine organisms, many of which stand out becasue they are larger than normal , and they are as harmful as the common species.

A large number of these animals have been detected on the stretch between hotel Pueblo Bonito and Playa de Cerritos.

Foto: José Luis Rodríguez I El Sol de Mazatlán

“These larger species are obviously more dangerous because their tail is considerably much longer, and that long tail easily wraps around arms or legs, causing great damage to the victim’s tissue”, Magallanes Romero said.

He described the “Quemadores” as “transparent turquoise color balloon shaped animals with a tail that sticks to the skin leaving lacerations”.

“The average size of the “Quemadores” that turn up on the beaches of Mazatlan is 3 to 8 centimeters long. Those that have found lately, measure up to 18 centimeters”.

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