Saturday 10 May 2014

Plague of 'giant jellyfish' could reach Devon's shores

By North Devon Journal | Posted: May 08, 2014

A 'plague of giant jellyfish' could arrive on Devon's shores as warm weather is predicted to reach England in May, experts have warned.

A huge barrel jellyfish has already been washed up in Dorset and the creatures have also been spotted off Dawlish yesterday.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says the predicted hot weather could bring an influx.

Richard Harrington from the Marine Conservation Society said: "This predicted hot weather to come, can mean that even more jellyfish are likely to wash up or be in the seas around places like the West Country

"Although this species is harmless their numbers are likely to grow fairly quickly as sea temperatures rise.

"We are very keen to hear from people that find any washed up anywhere around the country.

"This is an Atlantic species and are sometimes found washed up but still advise the public not to touch them."

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