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Giant Jellyfish Washes Up On Tasmania Beach

06/02/2014 15:34 GMT | Updated 07/02/2014 12:59 GMT

A giant, unclassified species of jellyfish has washed up on a beach in Tasmania.

The 1.5 metre beast - which rather resembles a large coffee spill - was discovered by a family walking along a beach south of Hobart, reports the BBC.

After taking this photo they contacted a local marine biologist who described it a a "whopper".

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"It blew our minds away."

Lisa Gershwin, a scientist with the government's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) said: "We know about this specimen but it hasn't been classified yet, it hasn't been named.

"It is so big it took our breath away.

"It's a whopper of an animal but it's not life-threatening, although it does sting," reports AFP.

Not much is known about this type of jellyfish which is related to the lion's mane jellyfish, the largest of its kind.

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A lion's mane jellyfish

A huge increase in the number of jellyfish in the waters around Tasmania has been reported in the last month.

The new find should give scientists what they need to give the creature a name.

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