Jellyfish in the Crimea, whether they should be wary

Dangerous jellyfish in the Crimea

In the two seas surrounding the Peninsula of the Crimea, sometimes there are large concentrations of jellyfish. Fortunately, much you mustn't fear them as deadly poisonous species here not found. From a meeting with Medusa in Black or Azov sea may burn comparable to a burn of the nettles, and more.

Where and when you can find jellyfish in the Crimea

For the most part, jellyfish are found in the Black sea and the Azov puts them over or storms.

The appearance of clusters of jellyfish of any kind on a particular stretch of coast depends, in the first place, from the direction of the currents and water temperature. Comerota, for example, prefer cool water and rarely approach the beaches. Aurelia and ctenophores, by contrast, are found in shallow water often enough.


Burns from the tentacles of jellyfish can be quite painful, allergic reactions are possible. Do not touch the jellyfish, it is better to stay a few meters away from her. Also, do not take up a beached, dead creature: the poison in the stinging cells may still be active.

What to do for burns from contact with the jellyfish

The burn is washed with salt water, vinegar, or ammonia, is cooled and shelter from the sun. You can also be treated with a decoction of chamomile or panthenol.

Usually the trace of the contact with the tentacles will disappear after a day or two. If the burning sensation is very strong or noticeably deteriorated – contact to the clinic.

Species of jellyfish of the Crimea

In the Crimean seas is home to three species of jellyfish: kornerot, Aurelia and Mnemiopsis. They differ in appearance, and the degree of possible damage to health from meeting with them.

  • Kornerot (Rhizostoma pulmo) – a rather large jellyfish with a bell-shaped dome thick body and korepodobnaya of the oral lobes. Color from pink to purple and blue. Lives in Black sea, in shallow waters rarely comes up, especially with large animals. Touching the tentacles can lead to significant burn, comparable to the feeling of nettles.
  • Long-eared Aurelia (Aurelia aurita) – almost transparent small jellyfish, the diameter seldom exceeds 40 cm Is the upper part of the body four characteristic ring-shaped spots and a barely noticeable thin fringe of tentacles along the bottom edge of the dome. Unpleasant sensations can arise only in contact with the tentacles in the eyes or on the mucous membrane of the lips and mouth. Inhabit mainly waters of the Black sea, is sometimes found in the sea of Azov.
  • The Mnemiopsis (Mnemiopsis leidyi) - non-hazardous to human jellyfish Ctenophora. SAC, devoid of tentacles the body is usually not more than 10 cm in length. Capable of emitting a colored glow, which is the cause of so-called "phosphoric" in late July – early August.
    Common to both shores of the Crimean sea.
Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Faina Starchenko 21 Feb 2017, 21:07
In September in the Crimea is the juice. In October, I was the eldest, what is already talking about September. Fewer children and fewer tourists and the water is as warm even if the rain will be small - not a problem) ...
17 May 2017, 16:24
Tell me where you can pick up these dangerous insects, and animals? ...
admin 17 May 2017, 18:32
You mean what exactly? ...
Delduwath 18 May 2017, 10:51
We plan in the Crimea in August by car. Choose while sandy beaches. ...
serg03166 22 Jul 2017, 18:15
But what about the boars, a lot of them in the mountains. ...
admin 23 Jul 2017, 07:33
You mean the boars on a private experience I know that a lot of them, or only heard? I'm saying that there wild boar very much, first time I hear from you. ...
Prozerpina 17 Aug 2017, 18:46
In this year of double-faced snakes in the yard of his private house. Live three years in the steppe Crimea. First time zheltobriukh in the garage of swallows burst. The second time, three days ago, I crawled into the porch. Kid scared to death! He ran to me, crying, the good husband at home. Otherwise I would sleep. In addition is stable in the center of the crawling vipers. It is very annoying. I read here once that perochena adder dear creature, devotional. Yeah, dreaming . Thank God at least from the meeting with the snake protects us luck ...
nausla 17 Aug 2017, 19:55
So the snake did not seem poisonous? ...
, anytus 31 may 2017, 16:07
Hello tourists. Managed taking vacation in September, I want to go to the Crimea. Tell me how is the weather at this time whether or not to go. And tell me where better, where it is warm in September. ...
admin 01 Sep 2017, 04:43
If was looking mainly for a trip to the Crimea, it is certainly worth it, although I'd consider an alternative like Turkey. As for the place, then all southern coast of Crimea considered itself warm, i.e. it's Big Yalta and its resorts, but IMHO, the big difference between South coast and other resorts, I did not notice, however I was in the Crimea at the beginning of the season. ...