Jakarta (ANTARA) - An influx of thousands of jellyfish was observed in the waters near the Paiton coal-fired power plants in Probolinggo District, East Java Province, though the facility’s electricity production remained uninterrupted, an official reaffirmed here Thursday.

According to the state-owned electricity firm (PLN), jellyfish swarmed the waters next to the giant seaside coal-fired power stations in PLTU Paiton 1 and PLTU Paiton 2. Both power stations were operated by the firm's subsidiary, PT PJB.

Although PLN had yet to disclose the cause of the incident, some researchers found that the jellyfish most likely proliferate in warm and polluted waters.

A similar incident occurred in 2016 in the Paiton power plants.

Following the incident, the coal plant's operator had installed three-layered fishnets near the canal intake, water pumps, and at the front side of the machine to secure the generator without inflicting harm to the jellyfish, PLN revealed.

The electricity firm also deployed at least 15 local fishermen to drag the jellyfish to waters away from the power plant. Related news: Jellyfish sting several dozen tourists on Gunung Kidul beaches
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