Canacona: The Purple jelly fish evokes sharp interest amongst environmentalists in Canacona. On the second day of sighting of a Purple jelly fish at Benaulim, about 50 organisms of the same kind got washed up at Palolem beach in Canacona on Friday. Locals including tourists saw many of these jelly fishes washed up on the shore on the northern side of Palolem beach on Friday morning, some even pressed the panic button by making a video of the organisms viral on various social platforms.Although it's sting bite is not fatal it causes rash and irritation if one comes in contact with these sea creatures.A few trigger happy enthusiasts captured the live and static images of these animals and shared them on social media alerting beach strollers and swimmers to be aware of the phenomenon. Martin Hall from United Kingdom a long timer in Palolem speaking to this correspondent said that this is the first time he has seen purple jelly fish in Palolem, "I came in contact with one of these creatures and it was very painful" Hall remarked. Manoj Prabhugaonkar a member of local Biodiversity Management Committee who takes keen interest in environment and related issues was surprised to find so many vivid purple jelly fishes washed up on the shores of Palolem beach, "could be a previously undiscovered species" Prabhugaonkar sceptically said.This striking and unusual jellyfish has been spotted in some beaches of the world in recent times which has sparked keen interest amongst marine biologists the world over.A college professor pleading anonymity said examinations are currently underway by leading jelly fish experts wherever they were sighted earlier to classify the species.She also thinks it’s unlikely that the jellyfish gained its vivid color by eating or contacting something. “It begs the question, if it’s such a vibrant, different color, what other features does it have?” she added. Dr. Suvarna Fonseca lecture at Carmel Higher Secondary in Biology also is of the opinion that these could have come from other parts of the world to the Indian shores on its own or through ballast waters. It prefers warm shores though.
In the past she has collected a completely new coelenterata species for Goa, from shores of Colva in Goa, whose presence was attributed to release of ballast water after a ship had emptied its cargo at Mormagoa port" Dr. Fonseca said.