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Palawan in the Philippines is a diving hotspot, and its beautiful beaches are normally jam-packed with holidaymakers, but now deserted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are being invaded by a different visitor – pink jellyfish.

The pink jellyfish – known as tomato jellyfish (Crambione cf. mastigophore) – have not been seen in the area for a long time, probably due to the sheer amount of people in the vicinity, but they are now coming into the shallows in their thousands. The numbers are also being boosted because the quarantine in place in the Philippines is preventing locals from harvesting the jellyfish.

Thousands of Pink Jellyfish Invades Philippine Beaches
Thousands of Pink Jellyfish Invades Philippine Beaches

However, while blooms look spectacular, they may become a problem for local fishers and other communities as normal life resumes. Sometimes, fishing nets get clogged by the jellyfish. In 1999, a phenomenal 50 truckloads of jellyfish were removed at a power plant in Manila after causing a power cut.

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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AMC
AMC
2 years ago

Your description of Palawan seems a little bit off. Palawan is a diving hotspot, with El Nido, Coron and Tubbataha. However it is still pretty unexploited and a relatively remote island. The beaches are not normally jam packed, there can be lots of island hopping tours but even that has been cut down for environmental reasons.

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