Water temperature causes Portuguese man-of-war appearing on the shores of Cabo Verde

Praia, May 21 (Inforpress) – Hundreds of Portuguese man-of-war (Physalia physalis) have seen on the shores of several islands of Cabo Verde, a phenomenon that has been increasing in recent times due to the increase in temperature of the oceans, according to the Cabo Verdean environmentalist association Biosfera I.

“In recent months, hundreds of Portuguese  man-of-war have on the shores of islands of Santa Luzia and São Vicente. The bathers had to pay close attention, we heard on many cases of people who came in contact with these animals and who were injured,” said Tommy Melo, president of Biosfera I, to Lusa agency.

According to Tommy Melo, the aquatic species similar to jellyfish tends to appear in the Cabo Verde beaches with the increase of the oceans temperature.

“In this case, it is not something we can say that is unprecedented in Cabo Verde. Sometimes weather factors and tidal differential cause their appearing on the shores,” he said.


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