Jellyfish presence reported in Boracay

Published May 15, 2022, 7:00 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation and Management Group (BIARMG) reported the presence of jellyfish in the whole stretch of the White Beach in Boracay on Saturday, May 14.

Thumb-sized jellyfish were seen at around 2pm in all three stations of the White Beach particularly in the waters and on the beach area, and in Angol and Diniwid but these were washed out in the late afternoon.

But experts from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) allayed fears of the tourists, saying it is a natural occurrence in the coastal areas of the province of Aklan in the months of May to September and is dependent on the direction of the wind.

DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna said the jellyfish were washed away by 5 p.m. on the same day, and that there was no recurrence of incident observed on Sunday morning.

“The safety of the public is our primary concern. We want to assure the locals and the tourists that the DENR as chair of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is closely working with the BFAR as part of our responsibility in the rehabilitation of the island,” Sampulna said.

Based on the examination of the samples, the jelly fish appear to be newborn.

As of Sunday morning, May 15, local officials said the team they sent reported that the White Beach, from stations 1 to 3, was clear of jellyfish and has almost no trace of yesterday’s incident.