Jellyfish are stinging tourism on the Costa del Sol

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SEA MONSTERS: The creatures are a menace to swimmers. Credit: Shutterstock

OWNERS of beach-based attractions are counting their losses this summer after plagues of jellyfish disrupted business.

As well as being an annoyance and risk to bathers wanting a swim, the swarms of jellyfish brought in with sea currents have been disastrous for businesses such as water parks, inflatable rides and paddle surf rentals.

Although the last time an influx of jellyfish hit Malaga province on a similar scale was back in 2012, businesses are worried that changes in the ecosystem will prolong their stay.

President of the Tourism Council at the Andalucian Business Confederation, Miguel Sanchez, said:

“I don’t know whether it’s caught the authorities unawares, but we have to take measures because it’s affecting the image of the Costa del Sol.

The organisation, whose members are hoteliers, travel agents and tour operators, will be seeking meetings with central and regional authorities to tackle the problem.

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