Photo: Michael Zammit
After weeks of carpets, waves, and blooms of jellyfish hitting Maltese shores, a new type of jellyfish has been spotted floating about Wied ż-Żurrieq. The Compass Jellyfish is an especially rare type of jellyfish – and it packs a very painful sting.
“The species has only been spotted twice, prior to this report, in Maltese waters, at Ramla l-Ħamra in 2017 and again at Wied ż-Żurrieq in 2014. Within the Mediterranean it is mainly restricted to the western half of the basin,” said Dr. Alan Deidun, a biologist and environmentalist.
The Compass jellyfish is usually seen around the May – July period.