Thousands of blue bottle jellyfish swarm Legaspi shores

February 22, 2019
Blue bottle Jellyfish
Blue bottle Jellyfish

SWARMS of blue bottle jellyfish were sighted along the seashores of Barangays Puro and Rawis in Albay, including other coastal areas of the province starting early this month.

Legazpi-based biologist Cyrus Job Dela Cruz said he posted a photo of the swarms of “blue bottle jellyfish”, scientifically called, “Indo-Pacific-Manowar” on facebook to warn local residents that their sting could be toxic.

“They are part of a local marine-ecosystem, which is also food to growing Green-sea turtles common in Albay shores,” Dela Cruz added.

Nonie Enolva, fishery expert of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office in Camarines Sur warned local residents in Albay, that the sting of the blue bottle jellyfish is not as fatal as that of the box jellyfish, or “salibay” that stung and killed a young Filipina-European in Caramoan, Camarines Sur last year. A sting blue bottle jellyfish can result in skin irritation, or injuries, she noted.