Bulgarians Stumble Upon Unexpected Medusa Population

Society | November 3, 2006, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Bulgarian scientists have stumbled upon millions of salt-water inhabiting medusas in the Kurdzhaly Dam.

With the waters comparatively warm for this season, fishermen and tourists first noted huge schools of jellyfish near the floating taverns in the area and the quay. What surprised scientists was that these mollusca usually inhabit salty sea and ocean waters and out of over 10,000 known such species, just three are known to dwell in fresh water.

The medusas found in Kurdzhali Dam are of the Cindaria species, not too large, with their umbrella reaching up to three centimetres in diameter, but they are fast swimmers. They prefer to stay at a depth of a meter and a half but often dash up to the surface for just a second and submerge back in.

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