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Beach lovers are warned of the sharks and jellyfish in some of the waters of France

Numerous sighting of the world’s second largest fish the basking sharks in the waters off the coast of Brittany have caused a stir among beach lovers and holiday makers. Since January there were around 160 sighting of these sharks, which are 12 metres long and weigh about five tonnes.

APECS, a French organization dedicated to the study of sharks and rays has alleviated the fears of people planning to visit the area that the sharks are not carnivorous and thus are not so keen on feasting on humans.

Meanwhile in the French Riviera, there have been reports of an increase in the number of the itchy and prickly jellyfish. Swimmers have been advised to take precautionary measures. Because of the hot weather the jelly fish abounds in the waters of the Côte d’Azur which has prompted the Ocean Observatory of Villefranche-sur-Mer to launch a new internet site to help swimmers avoid the creatures.

The site allows users to check on the presence of jelly fish to help them determine which areas of the coast should be avoided. The numbers of jelly fish are expected to be higher this year than previous years thus anyone, wanting to take a dip is advised to get online and check the advisory offered by the site. Since interactive site works by asking users to make a report of where and when they have seen jelly fish, people are also asked to share their observations.

"In recent years the numbers of jellyfish have increased in the Mediterranean. Currently, there is however still no systematic observation of these apparitions network," said the website.

"This information is fundamental for swimmers, local authorities, scientists and stakeholders in the marine industry."


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