Nature & Environment
Thousands of pink jellyfish invade Philippines
By T.K. Randall
April 3, 2020 · 4 comments
There were jellyfish as far as the eye could see. Image Credit: Twitter / @SheldonRey
Video footage has emerged showing vast numbers of giant pink jellyfish crammed together in the water.
Filmed on March 23rd by marine biologist Sheldon Rey Boco from Griffith University, Australia, the video, which was recorded at Corong Corong Beach in El Nido, Palawan, shows the sheer scale of the invasion with the water literally heaving with a seemingly limitless number of jellies.
Sometimes nicknamed 'sea tomato', this particular species is called Crambione cf. mastigophora
"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," said Boco.
"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."
"There are years when blooms or populations of a jellyfish are high and there are also years when they are few or even almost absent."
You can check out the footage he captured below.
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