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Watch out! Compass jellyfish rare to Maltese waters just spotted
Did you know that the scientific name for this species is chrysaora hysoscella?

Emma Galea

The compass jellyfish, another stinging yet uncommon jellyfish has been spotted floating around Maltese waters.

It is a close cousin of Malta’s most common jellyfish species, the mauve stinger, meaning it packs a nasty punch but nothing too serious.

Its sting, should be treated in the same way of that of the mauve stinger.

Although it is common species in the Mediterranean Sea, it is not commonly spotted alongside the Maltese coast.

The compass jellyfish normally grows up to a diameter of 15-25cm and has 16 brown elongated V-shaped markings on its yellowish-white bell.

Have you ever spotted one?

Facebook/Philip Spiteri via Spot the Jellyfish

21st June 2023


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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