2019/6/20  
Lethal Man o' War jellyfish found along Keelung coast (2019/01/10)
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    Lethal Man o' War jellyfish found along Keelung coast (2019/01/10)

    Recent weather patterns and higher ocean temperatures may be to blame for a swarm of toxic jellyfish found along the coast of Keelung. The Portuguese Man o' War jellyfish appear small and harmless, but their sting can be lethal. Locals who encounter them on the shore are urged to steer clear.

    It's no bigger than a bottle cap. This translucent bubble of jelly drifts along in the water. It's beautiful to behold, but it's also highly toxic.

    Chen Li-shu
    Marine science researcher
    Even after it washes up to shore, its nematocysts can be still be triggered. If you touch it, the same thing will happen - the venom shoots out and you'll get a red inflammation.

    Portuguese man o' war jellyfish are extremely venomous, and they are dangerous even after dying. If you're lucky, touching one will cause only a skin inflammation. In the worst case scenario, the poison can penetrate the lymph nodes and lead to death.

    In the past, this toxic jellyfish had largely stayed along the shores of Eastern Taiwan, but now they've been sighted along the coast of Keelung. Marine biologists say that ocean warming has sped up jellyfish reproduction, and that seasonal currents have brought them up north.

    Chen Li-shu
    Marine science researcher
    I do have to say that this year has been quite special. It's just so happened that the jellyfish have come up closer to the shore, and that is what caused everyone to panic.

    Experts say the man o' war population is still within normal parameters. There's no need to panic, they say, so long as you only look and don't touch.
    中文 Chinese  
    暖化影響 大量劇毒僧帽水母基隆沿海現蹤

    天氣暖化影響,海水溫度提高,以往分布在東部沿海的僧帽水母,現在在基隆大量出現。專家警告,民眾千萬別以為牠長得可愛就去摸,因為僧帽水母有劇毒,若被蜇傷,嚴重會休克致命。

    這個瓶蓋大小,像泡泡又像果凍的透明生物,在水中漂浮著。看似可愛,但牠可含有劇毒。

    [[海洋科技博物館博士 陳麗淑]]
    “即使飄到岸上的話,牠的刺絲胞 都還會作用,即使你那時候去摸,還是一樣會中毒會紅腫。”

    ''僧帽水母''毒性強,即使水母死亡,毒性還是會殘留在身體中。要是不慎被蜇傷,輕則紅腫發炎,如果不巧毒液滲入淋巴結,甚至會引發休克致命。

    以往僧帽水母多出現於花東一帶,現在大量出現於基隆沿海地區,海科館表示,這是因為海水溫度升高,僧帽水母繁殖力增加,就隨著海流從東部沿海往北漂。

    [[海洋科技博物館博士 陳麗淑]]
    “只是說今年比較特別,因為牠剛好可能,出現的海岸就是比較多,所以引起大家一個恐慌。”

    目前僧帽水母的數量還算在正常範圍,海科館呼籲民眾不必太恐慌,只是若看見僧帽水母,可千萬別碰。
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