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Blue Bottle Jellyfish, hit Mumbai beaches, causing fear and panic

MUMBAI:  Blue bottle jellyfish also known as Portuguese man-of-war were spotted across beaches, causing panic and fear among the people. Bluebottle jellyfishes are generally seen in Mumbai, during the mid-monsoon season.

The Portuguese Man-of-War belongs to the Physaliidae family and is commonly found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Locals said that the jellyfishes are seen every year on the beaches, but this time they can be spotted in large number.

The blue bottle jellyfish is not a single animal, but a colony of four kinds of highly modified zooids that are dependent on one another for survival. A shopkeeper at Juhu Beach said that around 150 people have been attacked by the jellyfish in past two days  I suggest, people should avoid visiting beach for now,” he said.

This article was first published on http://www.wakeuppost.com.

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