Featured Image Paradise Day Photo by Sara d’Atria
Fried eggs might not be the first thing you think about when you see a jellyfish, but as soon as you spot your first Cotylorhiza Tuberculata, you’ll instantly get it.
Right on time, these colourful, sizeable but mostly harmless critters have returned to Maltese shores to treat snorkelers to a sight straight out of that one healthy breakfast you prepared earlier this summer.
“This species normally appears at this time of the year,” marine biologist Alan Deidun told Lovin Malta. “It sticks to the surface of waters in view of the photosynthetic single-cell algae it harbours in its purple tips.”
The stunning specimen was spotted last Saturday at Paradise Bay by a contributor of Spot The Jellyfish, a campaign that aims to document and study jellyfish sightings all around the Maltese coast.
Fried egg jellyfish are actually common to Maltese waters during the warm mid-August period. In fact, the species has even earned itself a couple of Maltese nicknames; tal-lampuki (because its appearance typically coincides with the start of the lampuki fishing season), and the accurate and hilarious qassata.
Last year, the jellyfish was also spotted particularly early on in August. Back then, Professor Deidun had said that this would herald large blooms of jellyfish across summer… something that definitely also manifested itself this year.