HOLIDAYMAKERS have been issued a stark warning to stay away from the sea after hundreds of deadly jellyfish washed up on a Lanzarote beach.
Tourists have been forced to abandon one of the resort’s most popular beaches after hundreds of mysterious jellyfish with poisonous tentacles washed up on the sand.
The terrifying creatures have washed up on Famara beach on the north-western coastline of the island of Lanzarote – one of the Spanish Canary Islands.
The jellyfish invasion has been described as a “total atrocity” as tourists flock to the island for the start of the peak summer season.
The jellyfish, whose species are not yet confirmed, are said to be venomous.
They reportedly first appeared at the beach on Monday but their numbers quickly increased and by Wednesday hundreds were washing up on the sand of the beach.
The Director of the local Safety and Emergencies Consortium, Enrique Espinosa, has described the event as “a total atrocity” and he said that the red flag is waving at the beach to warn people it is not safe to bathe.
The venom from the animal’s tentacles is said to cause stinging and local authorities recommend victims to see a lifeguard quickly in order to have the tentacles removed and receive prescription painkillers to reduce the swelling.
It is believed the jellyfish were brought to the beach by currents.
Reports say the creatures are relatively common in small numbers in the area during the summer season, but not in their hundreds.
According to the Regional Statistics Institute in the Canary Islands, more than 465,000 tourists from the UK and 86,000 from Ireland visited Lanzarote between January and April this year with hundreds of thousands more set to descend on the island this summer.
It comes as Benidorm beaches were forced to close after seven people were stung by deadly Portuguese Man O’War,
Tourists were forced to leave three beaches at the resort on the Costa Blanca where people needed hospital treatment after being stung.
Two Portuguese Man O’War, a creature similar to a jellyfish, were seen in the water and bathers had to leave until they were removed.
Their tentacles are loaded with coiled, barbed tubes that deliver venom capable of paralysing and killing small fish and crustaceans.