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Uncommon Mass Beaching of Porpita porpita (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu, India

Mohamed Tharik, Sai Saraswathi, Kumaraguru Arumugam*

DOI: 10.28978/nesciences.1036855

Abstract

Porpita porpita (Linnaeus, 1758) was found stranded on the beaches from Vadakadu to Olaikuda Coastline, Rameswaram Island, Gulf of Mannar, after the Nivar Cyclone hit from December 7 to 14, 2020. The current mass beach stranding of P. porpita can be explained by offshore swarming and subsequent drift away to the beach due to shoreward water currents and wind speed.

Keywords

Blue Button Jellyfish, Nivar Cyclone Effect, Rameswaram, Gulf of Mannar, Mass Beaching

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