Thousands Of Moon Jellyfish Swarm Crimean Bay

Story ByGheorghi Caraseni, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

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This is the moment a stunned resident films thousands of moon jellyfish in a popular Crimean bay.

The incident was filmed by photographer Andrey Safonov who was reportedly shooting a video in Balaklava Bay on the Crimean Peninsula when he noticed that the “water was white”.

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In the footage, he says: “Besides how shocking it was, look how beautiful the scene is. Has anyone ever seen anything like this?”

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Safonov said that he was at the bay to make a film when he was surprised by all the jellyfish in the water.

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The photographer claimed they were moon jellies (Aurelia aurita), the most common jellyfish in UK seas and said to be harmless to swimmers.

Vasily Spiridonov of the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology said there was nothing unusual about the incident.

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He told local media: “There are sometimes sudden population outbreaks and they can become confused by the currents. If a funnel-like vortex appears in the water, they can naturally concentrate into a large group.”

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