Venomous jellyfish with ‘size of 5 London buses’ invades UK

06:52 PM | 20 Aug, 2015
Venomous jellyfish with ‘size of 5 London buses’ invades UK
LONDON (Web Desk) - Deadly Portuguese jellyfish, with tentacles as long as five London buses, have been sighted around the English coastline amid fears of invasion among conservationists.

The species usually lives far out in the ocean, but experts from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) say that the Society’s survey team has received many more reports of them near the shoreline this year.

The venomous jellyfish, which can reach 160 feet in length, can be deadly. Surfers and swimmers are not always able to spot the creatures before they are stung.

Last month, there were 30 reports from locals in the southern English counties of Devon and Cornwall of the jellyfish drifting near the coast.

MCS Biodiversity and Fisheries program manager Dr. Peter Richardson said: “Our National Jellyfish Survey suggests significant recent rises in the numbers of some jellyfish species in UK seas, most notably the barrel jelly fish.”

“The million-dollar question is why this is happening? At the moment we just don’t know,” he said.

In 2013 there were 1,000 reports involving hundreds of thousands of jellyfish in England, he added.

“Last year the number of reports increased again to over 1,400 reports, and by July this year the survey had already received over 1,000 reports.”

“August is usually a peak month for jellyfish sightings and so 2015 look set to be another record breaker.”

Ferdinando Boero, a lecturer of marine biology at the University of Lecce, told the Daily Mail that sightings of this type of jellyfish are increasing “due to global warming.”

The first person to ever die as a result of the jellyfish’s sting in Europe was reported in the Mediterranean in 2010.

Maria Furcas, 69, suffered an allergic reaction after being stung on the right leg while she swam with her sister at Porto Tramatzu near Cagliari, Sardinia.

The creature’s venomous tentacles can deliver a painful sting, similar to a cut with a knife, with rash-like symptoms developing immediately. However, the pain depends on the level of exposure.

British doctors warn victims should seek urgent advice if they are stung by any kind of jellyfish.

A spokeswoman for Brixham coastguard in Devon said: “Normally it depends on the age of the person who has been stung whether or not they require medical attention.”

Very young or elderly people are at high risk of dying after being stung, they said.

The Marine Conservation Society said the rise in the number of jellyfish around the British coast can “no longer be ignored.”


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 9 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Saturday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.

Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 307
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Japanese Yen JPY 3.41 3.52
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 746.71
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold remains under pressure in Pakistan; Check today gold rates here

Gold prices witnessed negative trend in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 9 December 2023

On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,600, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,560.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs199,465, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs190, 400 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,200.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Saturday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Karachi PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Islamabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Peshawar PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Quetta PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Sialkot PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Attock PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Gujranwala PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Jehlum PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Multan PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Bahawalpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Gujrat PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Nawabshah PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Chakwal PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Hyderabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Nowshehra PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Sargodha PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Faisalabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530
Mirpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,530


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