You asked: Are there jellyfish in the Algarve?

The Algarve region is in the Southern region of Portugal and has become synonymous with jellyfish in the recent past. This might be partly attributed to the fact that the region has all-year round sunshine, making the beach ideal for the jellyfish. However, the region has lifeguards during the swimming season.

Are there dangerous jellyfish in Portugal?

The Portuguese Man-of-War has the scientific name of Physalia physalis and floats at the surface of the sea, due to its blue-purple float, full of gas. Its tentacles can reach 30 m and its venom is very dangerous for marine life and humans. This jellyfish is very common in the Azores.

What jellyfish can be found in Portugal?

The Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis), also known as the man-of-war, bluebottle, blue bottle jellyfish, or floating terror is a marine hydrozoan found in the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean.

Are there sharks in the Algarve?

There are sharks in the Algarve in Portugal but no incident or shark attacks have ever been reported.

Are there jellyfish in Albufeira?

He revealed that there were hundreds of specimens found in both western and eastern parts of the Algarve coastline, such as Portimão, Albufeira, Loulé and Tavira. Also read story ‘Dangerous jellyfish on Algarve beaches’ in the March 15, 2013 edition of the Algarve Resident.

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How painful is a compass jellyfish sting?

Compass jellyfish (or dial jellyfish)

Up to 30 cm across, they have 24 long thin tentacles and four frilled dangling ‘arms’. They are found mainly in the southern half of the UK in summer. Although they are not dangerous, their sting can be quite painful, like a bad nettle sting.

Are there sharks in Portugal?

Portugal is ranked third among EU Member States for catches of sharks (consisting of mainly blue sharks followed by rays, makos, and deepwater species). Oceanic sharks are increasingly targeted by Portuguese fishermen and reportedly make up more than 80% of the catch from the Portugal’s surface longline fleet.

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