- Jellyfish bloom was seen in the waters of El Nido, Palawan a few days ago
- An abundance of jellyfish occupied a large portion of the waters
- Scientists are still trying to determine what caused the sudden appearance of the plentiful jellyfish
A sudden jellyfish bloom was seen in the waters of El Nido, Palawan a few days ago; unbelievably occupying a huge portion of the waters.
A couple of videos of the occurrence of jellyfish were recorded by a netizen named Alimar Amor last March 23. A huge portion of the waters in El Nido was blanketed with plenty of jellyfish as if the sea creatures keep on surfacing non-stop.
According to a report, the species were initially identified as Crambione cf. Mastigophora or commonly known as tomato jellyfish or locally called as “labong-labong.”
Co-founder and chief investigator of the Philippine Jellyfish Stings Project Sheldon Rey Boco, disclosed in an interview that the occurrence of jellyfish in the waters off Palawan “follow a pattern of natural oscillations” which scientists have been trying to study.
“There are years when blooms or populations of a jellyfish are high and there are also years when they are few or even almost absent,” Boco said. “We, jellyfish scientists, also don’t know if climate change, ocean acidification, nutrient enrichment can affect jellyfish populations and the frequency and size of jellyfish blooms.”
Boco further said in the report that jellyfish have ecological benefits, are edible, and fisheries-important. More tests and research must be conducted to “make conclusions about the phenomenon and correct the misconception that climate change is causing the sudden occurrence of the jellyfish.”