Thailand Invased by Jellyfish

02.09.2014

While Russia is greeting autumn, Thailand is experiensing a touristic boom. This is caused by the opportunity for tourists to watch the unique natural phenomenon near the cost of Koh Samet in Rayong province. Water here is surprisingly clear and the island is experiensing the invasion of colourful jellyfish. Sumet Saitong, the head of Thai national park, where the island is situated, tells that a huge colony of these marine animals appears in these waters almost every year from August till September.

Water here is surprisingly clear and the island is experiensing the invasion of colourful jellyfish

The jellyfish are attrackted here by plankton, whose breeding season occurs during this period. Jellyfish flow slowly along the coastline, eating microscopic crustaceans and delighting the eye of passing tourists with multicolored diversity. Prohibition of fishing near Samet helps the jellyfish as nothing interrupts them from feeding. To admire a rare phenomenon it's enough to hire a boat. Unfortunately, it's impossible to bathe with these creatures because burns from such amount of jellyfish can be fatal. Several weeks ago a 5-years old boy from France died after one of the jellyfish had burned him.