October 22nd, 2011
A beautiful morning in Mahon, and forecast for today: partly cloudy,
So down to catch our bicycles, to blocks down toward the harbour,
down 100 steps to make the way faster....
and outbound to Es Grau, apprx. 10 kilometers away.
We arrived within an hour, only one steep part where we still have
to walk up the hill, but are sure that within short we will manage
Arriving at Es Grau, lock up our bicyles, and start walking across
the first long sandy beach.
While walking with our feet into the water at the wateredge, we
spotted some strange small jellyfishes.
They were in the water and quite a few had been thrown up on shore
by the small waves.
We didn't know what kind it was, but as my wife got hurt in the
water two days ago here, we reckoned it might be from such a creature.
So went by, and headed for the small beach just off the picture
to the right.
If you ever wish to find a small beach all for yourself, you're
lucky if you are the first one to show up here in the morning....
at least in the tourist season, which luckily has now ceased.
So out into the water. Beautiful temperature, but then OH! On the
upper partof my arm something stuck.
Now, as we had seen several of the jellyfishes in the area today,
we found out it had to ber one of those that hit me. (Or
I hit it?).
As I don't like any pictures of my self on the net, I found this
one elsewhere, but it truly shows just how my upper arm looked.
It was hurtfull for about two hours, and then the pain slowly passed
Normally small jellyfishes don't hurt that way, so what was it that
made it hurt so hard?
It has a latin name, of course: Pelagia noctiluca.
In english that is : mauve stinger
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Spain is currently struggling to cope with a plague of jellyfish,
which scientists attribute to rising sea temperatures. Mediterranean
seas are teeming
with millions of an especially poisonous species of stinging jellyfish,
the mauve stinger, or Pelagia noctiluca.
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The Spanish Environment Ministry announced yesterday that eight
tons of jellyfish have been collected and 200 volunteers recruited
study them and figure out why theyre flooding to the Spanish
coastline: in some areas, a survey by the Oceana environmental group
concentrations of more than 10 jellyfish per square metre. Factors
are thought to include a rise in sea temperature and a decrease
specifically sea turtles and tuna fish. - See what mankind has
done to this wicked world???
Spain relies on the many holidaymakers attracted to its beaches
and is desperate to prevent its tourist industry from suffering,
but the swarms are so large that some beaches have had to be closed.
Numbers of lifeguards and first aid staff have been increased,
and a leaflet created to warn tourists of the danger, but the Red
Cross is already reporting a 50% increase from last year in the
of patients being treated for jellyfish stings.
However, it is really not that bad, as severtal other reports tell
that the monster is only found on the beaches once a while -
some say once a month, others for two days and then they are gone
To avoid scaring you from coming here, there is one good rule to
avoid the monster. Stay ashore.
But on the other hand, on the popular beaches there are lifeguartds
all day long, at least in the tourist-season, and usually there
should be a flag
visible - green when everything is OK, yellow if you have to be
careful, and red if you are not permitted to go into the water at
So to stay at this small lonely beach, with a small white house
on the side, when we could not take the chance bathing any more
we decided to make it a walking day.
We then went northward for about a mile, and came to another long
beach, and even as we spotted no jellyfishes there (?),
we found it to be to narrow to the walking path (also used for horseriding
and not at least by mountain bikers - and they are many).
A sign marked the path further (they really have made many signs
and maps along the path)
so we went on to a small lagoon with a very nice beach - and had
it all for ourselves for a couple of hours.
The water ? 23 degrees celcius, salty and absolutely wonderful for
Did I really forget to say that there were absolutely no sign of
monsters on this beach?
Posidonia oceanica (commonly known as Neptune Grass or Mediterranean
tapeweed) is a seagrass species that is
endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. It maintain the coastal stability
and protect the beaches from erosion.
That is why, on many beaches, you will find this seeweed has come
ashore, and is still lying there.
In the summer-season the beaches are cleaned up, to serve as beautiful
white sandy beaches for the tourists.
Rest of the year, they let it be there, and it protects the beaches
Read more about Posidonia oceanica and
what it means to Menorca here.
As you see, after a few storms, there are quite a mass lying on
As you could see two pictures above, there is an old tower out on
the peninsular, forming what we like to call 'our lagoon'.
We went up there, and was amazed by the way they built such things.
This tower is from the year 1800. There are 15 similar towers on
this island, and they was build to protect
ships from coming into the bays (cala), so set enemy-soldiers ashore.
Notice the door up on the wall. That was the main-entrance to the
tower, to where you could get up on a ladder.
There are three levels inside the tower. Below, as shown on the
picture above, they store ammunition and food.
Next floor was were the soldiers spent most of their time inside,
with kitchen and beds. And on the top floor were the canons and
The landscape here was remarkable. All lava from old volcano in
many different forms and figures.
Isn't it amazing what the nature can produce?
It is often said that if an artist wants to create something special,
they go out into the nature and look.
But whom brought it there?
If you ask Carl
von Linné ,
here's his answer:
|O JEHOVA! Quam ampla funt opera
Quam ea omnia sapienter fecisti !
Quam plena est terra possessione tua!
You could go around here for hours studying all the varieties in
A dry season it has been - and this is all that is left of this
These days the seeds are falling off down to the ground.
Even if it is the dryest summer they have had for many years here
on Menorca, Fauna is not dead yet.
Three days ago they got a few rainshowers, and see what happened
Those tiny seeds have been lying here for whoever knows. Suddenly
they blossom as ever before. Right up of the sandy ground.
Beautiful, aren't they?
Notice the one to the right, just coming up to day - few hours ago?
On a hot sunny day, it is good to find places like this under an
This is what the roof in the 'hut' looks like.
On our way further, we discovered this cormorant
on the shore.
The Cami de Cavalls, which goes all around the island, is mainly
the path you can follow up and down the coast here.
Sometimes it is rough an rocky, sometimes lovely quiet and green
like on this picture.
This is one of the many signs along this path, here our last stop
at Cala de Sa Torreta. (See map on top).
Here also a long and sandy beach - with an old boathouse at the
But watch our for monsters when the wind is blowing hard right in......
We have mentioned the many stony walls, marking borders between
But we still are thinking of those people who once build all these.
On the picture above you can see it turning to the right and disappering
on the top.
As we passed the 40ties long time ago, we spent about an hour to
return to Es Grau and our bicycles.
On our way back, there were only one or two stingers left on the
first beach. All the others may have gone out into
deep sea as tidewater was coming in?
Forgot to say that when you come back to the parkinglot, there is
a small tavern that serves drinks and coffee
under some shadowing trees close to the beach. And a cappucino somethimes
tastes very delightful.......
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