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This beautiful jellyfish was spotted in Marsalforn – and it’s completely harmless!
Ladies and gents, meet the fried egg jellyfish.

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It’s hard to believe that ‘jellyfish’ and ‘harmless’ can fit in the same sentence, but when it comes to this particular species of jellyfish, they totally do.

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The Phacellophora camtschatica, commonly known as the fried egg jellyfish, was spotted in Marsalforn yesterday, and those who caught sight of it took to Facebook to alert beach-goers that the creature is completely harmless. In other words, leave them be!

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Members of the Facebook group Gozone who happened to spot small and large fried egg jellyfish at Marsalforn in Gozo wrote “please do not kill them or take them out of the water, they are innocuous – even the tentacles do not sting.”

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Even better, these gentle creatures apparently eat other, meaner kinds of jellyfish, the kind that actually sting. Just make sure you can tell them apart – the fried egg jellyfish is true to its name with one side that’s pretty much identical to a fried egg. 

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13th August 2019


Martina  Said
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Martina Said
A writer and editor, Martina has an affinity for Maltese things, particularly summer time on the island, adventurous country walks and fresh local cuisine.

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