Hundreds of dead jellyfishes washed ashore

Hundreds of dead jellyfishes have come afloat on the shores of Tithal beach in the last two days in Valsad district.

Written by Express News Service | Surat | Published: April 13, 2013 4:31 am

Hundreds of dead jellyfishes have come afloat on the shores of Tithal beach in the last two days in Valsad district. The fisheries department officials rushed to the beach and took samples of the dead jellyfishes for laboratory test to find out the exact cause of their death. The incident came to light on Thursday when the fishermen of Surwada village in Valsad district went fishing. While talking on the beach,they were shocked to see the dead jellyfishes. Suspecting something unusual,the fishermen informed the village sarpanch,Sanjay Rathod,who also rushed to the beach and called the fisheries department officials.

Jellyfishes were also found on the sea shores of villages like Diva Dandi,Tithal,Kosamba and Maghod. The fisheries department officials,along with the Gujarat Pollution Control Board members,rushed to different villages and examined the situation. The fisheries officials took samples of the jellyfishes to carry out tests. The GPCB officials also took samples of water from the shores to find out if oil spilled deep into the sea.

Surwada village sarpanch Sanjay Rathod said,“This is for the first time that we have found dead jellyfishes on the shores.”

Ramesh Tandel,fisheries department superintendent at Valsad,said,“We are also shocked to find such large numbers of dead jellyfishes. We have also found that the jellyfishes also come into the fishermen’s fishing nets. The jellyfishes are poisonous. The fishermen might have thrown them into the sea. We are investigating it.”

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