The Indonesian-language Bali Post reported that a passing infestation of jellyfish have began detracting from the enjoyment of swimmers on Bali's Sanur Beach.
A species of small finger-sized, blue jellyfish occasionally appear on beaches in Bali following unseasonably strong winds and rain, such as those experienced by Bali in the week preceding the current jellyfish invasion. According to the Bali Post, a large number of the unwelcome urchins begin appearing on Sanur beach around July 27, 2005.
While causing nasty stings to those who encounter the jellyfish, locally known as ubur-ubur, the species now visiting the Sanur Beach area are considered to carry a toxin that is relatively benign and rarely fatal to humans.
Local water sports operators contacted by balidiscovery.com advise that the current visit of the jellyfish to a local beach is rare; with the invasions, when they do occur, generally lasting only a few days. For added protection, swimmers should swim in areas being frequented by other swimmers. And, when in doubt as to the safety of local waters, seek the advice of local residents before swimming in unknown waters.
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