Qatar beachgoers warned to keep an eye out for jellyfish

As more Qatar residents head outdoors to enjoy the coming winter, some hotels and environmentalists are advising people to be on the lookout for jellyfish in the sea.

Speaking to Doha News, Dr. Ibrahim Al Maslamani, assistant professor of marine biology at the Environmental Studies Center (ESC) at Qatar University, said that the creatures usually swim close to the beach and near the surface of the water.

They never initiate attacks on humans, but are transparent and difficult to see, and they will sting when people unintentionally encounter them, he added.

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Despite their captivating appearance, an encounter with them could be very painful.

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Source News: Doha News
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