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Beaches in south Chile closed because of swarms of jelly fish

Thursday, January 7th 2010 - 17:24 UTC
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The phenomenon is attributed to El Niño currents The phenomenon is attributed to El Niño currents

Beaches near the city of Osorno in southern Chile have closed due to swarms of jellyfish populating the shores. At least 40 people have reported being stung by the tiny jellyfish. According to health reports, the stings produce a painful skin inflammation.

Due to the number of jellyfish sting incidents, Osorno's regional ministry of health decided to close the plagued beaches. The beaches most hit by the jellyfish plague — Maicolpue, Pucatrihue and Bahia Mansa — will remain closed until further notice.

The prevalence of jellyfish in the area is a phenomenon caused by warm El Niño currents. Because of the temperature change, jellyfish migrate from the north to cooler waters in the south, explain experts at the Universidad de Los Lagos.

By Kamille Go - Santiago Times

Categories: Environment, Latin America.

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