Last Saturday, a swarm of jellyfish caught the attention of tourists visiting Boracay Island as the jellyfishes were washed up on the shores in all three stations.
The Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation and Management Group (BIARMG), led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), said that in all three stations of the White Beach of Boracay, a large number of thumb-sized jellyfish were spotted on May 14 at 2 p.m, surprising travelers.
However, after three hours, the jellyfish were gone and were no longer seen again.
"Yesterday, the wind direction was southwest, or habagat, which was towards the White Beach. This caused the jelly fish to accumulate in the beach area," BIARMG general manager Martin Despi said in a statement on Sunday, based on the report of CNN Philippines.
According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource in Aklan, every May to September, jellyfish appearing on the province's coast was a "natural occurrence." BFAR Aklan Director Evelyn Abad said the jellyfish of undetermined species appeared to be newborn, and the office was able to get samples to find out their species.
The DENR added that more lifeguards have cautioned tourists to avoid the affected areas in case the jellyfish return.