Jellyfish experts have issued a fresh warning that millions of jellyfish could invade the Mediterranean’s beaches this summer after identifying signs of a ‘new influx’.
We Love promoter Mark Broadbent was intrigued.
“It's very strange that you ask this now Jonty as we - myself and Sarah my wife - were only just talking about this last Friday when we were on the beach enjoying our day off,” said Mark.
“About three years ago there were huge swarms of jelly fish all around the coast of Ibiza and the news papers were spelling doom - as per fucking usual - on the effect that this was going to have on tourism here.
There was talk of the council having pipes laid under the sand of the more popular beaches that would blow a stream of bubbles through the water and thus either distract the jellyfish or send them on their floaty way somewhere else - I'm not too sure of the mechanics of the plan to be honest and it sounded very far fetched to be honest.
Anyway I never saw any of this being done and then the jellyfish completely disappeared. I have absolutely no idea why or how this can have happened, maybe it's simply a natural thing and that the jellyfish bloom on certain years or maybe there is something far more sinister afoot.”
Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): Have you ever been stung by a jellyfish?
Mark Broadbent: “I was stung a few years ago on Aguas Blanca on my chest and it was like an electric shock that you could not move away from, not too painful more a strange feeling than like the pain you get if you trapped your hand in the car door however jellyfish stings effect different people in different ways. Sarah was stung at the same beach a year later across her arm and the sting was real bad, her arm swelled to twice its usual size and stayed like that for two months. The scar is still there after five years and she was in terrible pain for about a week.”
Skrufff: How often do you swim in the sea generally and which beaches are your favourite?
Mark Broadbent: “I swim in the ocean as often as possible so a minimum of one day a week will be spent on the beach enjoying the sun, sand and sea to full effect, re-charging the batteries. My favourite beaches on Ibiza don’t have names for the most part, are very hard to find with no music or beach bars. I like beaches that are quiet, beautiful and most importantly have no music playing anywhere near them. If I were to disclose any further information they would not stay this way for much longer. These are the places you only find on Ibiza after having spent a long time looking.”
Skrufff: How would you treat a jellyfish sting?
Mark Broadbent: “Piss and a razor.”
Skrufff: Anything else to add?
Mark Broadbent: “Jellyfish are not the worse thing to find in the med.”