Sunday, 19 April 2015

Jellyfish in the UK: Huge blooms of barrel species found on coast after mini-heatwave

Sunday 19 April 2015

Scores of large jellyfish have been discovered on Britain’s coastline after they have been attracted to warmer conditions brought on by a recent mini-heatwave.

Blooms of barrel jellyfish – that can grow up to the size of a dustbin lid – have been spotted on the south coast after a summer-like climate made a brief appearance.

The species can weigh up to 55lbs (24kgs) and have eight thick “arms”, rather than tentacles, made from frilly-like tissue.

Although the jellyfish, which have no brain or bones, may appear frightening to some, they’re actually harmless to humans as their stings are not strong enough to wound, however it is advised to not touch them.

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