A picture taken on June 27, 2017 shows jellyfish blocking the grilles of the cooling water intake at a power plant in the Israeli Mediterranean coastal city of Hadera, north of Tel Aviv. / AFP / JACK GUEZ
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Swarms of jellyfish have descended on Egypt's northern coast, keeping vacationers out of the water and stirring debate over a recent expansion of the Suez Canal. The nomad jellyfish, Rhopilema nomadica, is native to the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea but has been turning up in the Mediterranean in growing numbers in recent years.The jellyfish have come through the Suez Canal, which was first built in 1869 .Experts interviewed this week said it was too soon to speculate on the impact of the latest Suez Canal expansion, but that a wider waterway would allow more jellyfish, and the organic matter they feed on, to flow from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.
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