Although the weather was unsettled on Sunday, it has been fine this week: sunny enough to enjoy the beach and the sea warm enough for swimming.
Yesterday, though, we were astonished when we visited the beach of El Playazo to find the sea crowded with vast shoals of medusas.
Even on the shore, washed up medusas covered the sands. Within 24 hours, these will evaporate, leaving behind little white circles which look and feel just like rice paper.
According to our book on Mediterranean fish, the moon jellyfish form breeding aggregations in late summer, followed by extensive mutual migration into shallow coastal waters.
This, combined with the onshore Levante wind of the last few days, would account for the massive increase in their numbers here.