Medusas

Medusas in the sea

Medusas in the sea

We have noticed during the last week that medusas (jellyfish) have returned to our shores. There were days during July when we spotted a few in the sea, but during August and September we saw none.
El Playazo yesterday

El Playazo yesterday

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.
Medusas in a rock pool

Medusas in a rock pool

Medusas washed up on the beach

Medusas washed up on the beach

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.
Moon jellyfish

Moon jellyfish

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.
Levante breeze at Las Negras early yesterday morning

Levante breeze at Las Negras early yesterday morning

This, combined with the onshore Levante wind of the last few days, would account for the massive increase in their numbers here.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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