Jellyfish flock to New Zealand waters

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Warm water and air conditions have contributed to an increase in jellyfish around New Zealand.

Throughout New Zealand people have been reporting more jellyfish than usual. Experts have blamed the high temperatures.

The outbreak has been particularly bad in the Auckland region.

Warm water has attracted the jellyfish towards the shore, causing some swimmers to break out in a rash known as ‘sea bather’s eruption.’

Some of the jellyfish were microscopic and could get caught in togs. After that swimmers get out of the sea, water drains from the swimwear and traps the jellyfish between the fabric and the skin, causing the stinging cells to release their toxin.

Children and people with allergies have been asked to be careful when at beaches.

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