Swimmers be warned, jellyfish have been spotted at almost every beach along the Côte d’Azur in the last 36 hours, from Antibes, around Monaco and all the way to Menton.

The jellyfish sightings have been reported on meduse.acri.fr, a portal set up to measure the presence of jellyfish as they continue to proliferate in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region over the years.

Contrary to popular belief, if you do come in contact with a jellyfish, it is not advised to pee on the sting. Instead the UK National Health Service recommends rinsing the affected area with seawater, before removing any spines from the skin using tweezers or the edge of a bank card, and absolutely not with bare hands.

The most common visitor to our shores is the Pelagia noctiluca, more commonly known as the mauve stinger. Unlike most other species of jellyfish, the top of the mauve stinger, known as the bell, also contains stinging cells. See the featured image to know what to avoid.

Featured image by Jack Brodie, the Pelagia noctiluca in the waters near the La Vigie club overlooking Monaco