Thousands of beachgoers treated after swarms of jellyfish invade Spain’s Malaga coast

Thousands of beachgoers had to be treated for painful stings after swarms of jellyfish invaded Spain’s popular Malaga coast beaches.

A similar incident took place in July when 1,000 people had to be treated for stings in the Costa Del Sol region.

Once again, lifeguards were forced to shut down beaches to protect the public from the purple-coloured bell-shaped creatures. Their tentacles, which can extend up to three metres in length, deliver a painful sting.

Scientists attributed the swarm to overfishing in the region, which has left the jellyfish without natural predators, like tuna, swordfish and turtles. Winds and ocean currents are other likely causes.