Beachgoers, look out for jellyfish in South Korea
HOLIDAYMAKERS who will be visiting South Korea's beaches should be on the lookout for jellyfish, the authorities warned on Monday.
Hundreds of Koreans have been treated for jellyfish stings, and the number is expected to rise during the peak summer-holiday season.
"The jellyfish population has soared recently, so people visiting the beach should be careful to avoid being stung," said the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute.
According to the agency, jellyfish found on beaches last Saturday were identified as a type that can be deadly. Beachgoers are facing a sudden increase in jellyfish worldwide, a phenomenon which seems to be linked to the changing oceanic environment.
The proportion of poisonous jellyfish appearing in local coastal waters was 12.6 per cent on July 25. The figure jumped to 27.5 per cent on Aug 1, and rose to 42.6 per cent last Thursday.
THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK