The increase of jellyfish on the Eastern Mediterranean coast to the detriment of the work of Israel’s largest power plant «Orot Rabin», located near Hadera.
In varying degrees, this problem occurs every summer. In recent years, the most significant was the damage caused by the jellyfish coal power plant Hadera in July 2011. At present, the concentration of jellyfish near the Israeli coast is approaching six years ago.
The issue drew the attention of channel NTD. The chief engineer of the power station «Orot Rabin» etai Yafe says that the influx of jellyfish can disrupt the energy production process. «This adversely affects our equipment. Together with the water used for cooling turbines, here comes a huge number of jellyfish. As you can see, they clog the filters,» he explains.
Tons of jellyfish collected are taken to a specially designated landfill, which is under the control of the Ministry of environmental protection.
The power station «Orot Rabin» produces 23% of the total consumption in Israel of electricity. Every day here burn 18 tons of coal. And every hour for cooling use 320 thousand tons of sea water.
As of June 29, all along the East coast of the Mediterranean sea there is a high concentration of jellyfish, felt a burning sensation in the water. Compared to last week, the jellyfish became more. Now jellyfish can be found in almost any Mediterranean beach of Israel. The website meduzot.co.il publishes reports of jellyfish in coastal waters from Haifa to Ashkelon.
We are talking mostly about jellyfish rhopilema and kornerot. As a rule, their accumulation near the coast of Israel appear in summer, but large swarms of these jellyfish in this year was noticed in the winter and in April. How will this affect the duration of the summer season «jellyfish», experts predict a loss, but noted that in recent years, if aggregations of jellyfish were observed near the coast in the winter and spring, and summer season «jellyfish» lasted a long time, about a half to two months.
In 2016 the summer season «jellyfish» was short – it lasted about a month, from mid-June to mid-July. The highest concentration of jellyfish near the Israeli coast of the Mediterranean sea has been marked over the last decade in 2011.
The most common in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf of Eilat are quite dangerous jellyfish rhopilema and kornerot. Contact with the tentacles of these jellyfish cause a burn, some people lose stinging cells of jellyfish could lead to an allergic reaction.
If stinging cells gets into the eye, a person can lose vision. Therefore, you should observe safety precautions: do not RUB eyes if just touched by the hands of Medusa (in advance to warn the children), it is advisable to dive without a mask or special glasses with open eyes in places where jellyfish.
The most reasonable behaviour, if you have been on the beach during the «invasion of jellyfish» will be watching them from afar. It is not necessary to pursue the jellyfish and catch them out of the water. Well when bathing use a special closed costumes.
When bathing during the «invasion of jellyfish», the skin feels a constant burning from the stinging cells in the water. It is not dangerous, although the body may appear red spots, as from burning nettles. Often in areas of public beaches where people get the jellyfish out of the water, burning more, as jellyfish are particularly active in moments of danger.
If jellyfish have been pulled out on shore, then touch her «hat» is safe, but the tentacles is better not to touch.
In the case of burns it is recommended to use plain vinegar, Apple cider vinegar or natural lemon juice that neutralizes the poison. These funds usually have lifeguards on the beach, but to prepare in advance, try to keep in the first aid kit wet wipes with vinegar, they are sold in pharmacies.
Do not rinse the burn with poison jellyfish fresh water – this leads to the fact that the toxic cells burst, and the poison gets on other parts of the body. You should also sprinkle the damaged skin with sand.
Already home to a clean skin can cause a sedative drug, such as a gel to soothe the skin Life Professional, «Fenistil gel» – an antihistamine to soothe the itching of the burn, the cream Trolamine, etc. the burn needs to dry and be delayed for 2 days. If it became infected and did not help by any means for soothing the skin, consult your doctor.