Friday, April 13, 2012

Dead jellyfish washed ashore at Tithal, Indian state of Gujarat

SURAT: More than 70 dead jellyfish were spotted on Tithal beach of Valsad on Wednesday. This has created a lot of curiosity among locals. The cause of their death is still not known.

Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) officials believe that it is first of its kind incident at Tithal. The fish were spread across 1 km square area on the beach. Locals said dead fish were being washed ashore for the past 15 days.

"When I first saw it, the fish looked like a huge plastic bag. I discovered later that it was a jellyfish. At a distance of every five to 10 feet, we have been finding the fish every day for the last 15 days. It is an alarming development," said Pratik Tandel, a local resident.

"I was surprised when I saw the creature on beach for the first time. It is first incident of dead fish being washed ashore. We were shocked to see dead jellyfish," said Harish Patel, another local resident.

So far, incidents of dead fish being washed ashore have been reported from Kolak river, Daman Ganga River and Par River estuary in Valsad district. Read More