2020-10-28: On Wednesday (28 October), Omani health authorities warned of a possible health threat from an algae bloom. Several people in Dhofar Governorate suffered poisoning after eating contaminated fish and the population was urged to avoid beaches where the algae had caused pollution.
Travellers should exercise increased caution and follow the instructions of local authorities.
2020-03-04: According to reports from Wednesday (04 March), several Portuguese man o' wars have been sighted on the Spanish islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria in the last few days. Especially beaches in the north of the islands seem to be affected.
Contact with the animals can cause severe pain and in some cases cardiovascular failure. If contact does occur, the tentacles should be rinsed with salt water or removed with tweezers.
2018-01-08: According to reports from Monday (08 January) Portuguese man o' war jellyfish are currently affecting beaches in Guam. Guam Department of Agriculture said it was also expecting increased numbers of jellyfish near Guam's beaches. Especially affected are the northern and eastern shores of the island, from Ritidian to Ipan.
Travellers were warned not to go near the jellyfish in the water or when they wash up on shore.
On Tuesday (15 August) authorities have issued a warning against a increasing plague of horseshoe whip snakes in north-eastern Majorca, Spain. The snakes are non-venomous but can react aggressive when cornered. The snake can be identified by its light horseshoe-shaped mark on the neck and back of head.
Travellers are advised to exercise caution and to follow instructions from authorities.