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Giant Jellyfish Are Taking Over Our Beaches Again

18/06/2015 13:24 | Updated 18 June 2015

The beaches on the south west coast are being invaded again by some seriously big jellyfish.

Due to the sheer number of giant translucent creatures taking over, beaches may need to shutdown.

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Jenna Lang from Oldham who spotted their trail while on holiday in Exmouth told local paper Western Morning News:

"There was so many of them - and they were enormous - all over the beach. Someone was marking them so people didn't stand on them. I've never seen so many."

It is not the first time we have had to deal with such an invasion and scientists say it will not be the last given the spate of warm weather we've been enjoying.

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Local marine conservation scientist, Dr Keith Hiscock commented:

"Beaches in Portugal have in fact been closed due to the sheer number of jellyfish in the water and that's quite possible here.

"I don't know what sort of authority the lifeguards have, but they would need to close the beaches across the whole region to all swimmers if any of the nasty ones came along."

"Barrel jellyfish are not the type people need to worry about. Some can grow up to four feet wide, but most only reach two or three and only a few people actually react to their sting.

"It's the blue jellyfish and the compass jellyfish that have stings.

"They're the ones people ought to look out for and be aware that they can sting.

"It's best for swimmers and beach-goers to avoid any contact with them."

  • Claire MacDonald/SWNS.com
    Jellyfish washed up on a beach at Dawlish Warren in Devon. See SWNS story SWJELLY. More than 100 huge jellyfish have washed up on a British beach in one of the biggest swarms ever photographed in this country. These spectacular shots were taken by Claire
  • Claire MacDonald/SWNS.com
    Jellyfish washed up on a beach at Dawlish Warren in Devon. See SWNS story SWJELLY. More than 100 huge jellyfish have washed up on a British beach in one of the biggest swarms ever photographed in this country. These spectacular shots were taken by Claire
  • Claire MacDonald/SWNS.com
    Jellyfish washed up on a beach at Dawlish Warren in Devon. See SWNS story SWJELLY. More than 100 huge jellyfish have washed up on a British beach in one of the biggest swarms ever photographed in this country. These spectacular shots were taken by Claire
  • Geoffrey Swaine/REX
    Barrel Jellyfish washed up on the beach at Peveril Point, Swanage 8 Jun 2015
  • TomWren/Bournemouth News/REX
    Giant barrel jellyfish invade waters around Dorset, Britain - 05 Jun 2015
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    Giant barrel jellyfish invade waters around Dorset, Britain - 05 Jun 2015 - This is the eerie scene likely to greet beachgoers after a huge swarm of enormous jellyfish invaded the south coast. Shocked Port worker Clive Thomas captured on video thousands of the giant barrel jellyfish in Portland Harbour, Dorset. The surface of the sea is brimming with the 4ft alien-like creatures to such an extent they resemble stepping stones for people to walk from one side of the harbour to the other. Dozens more have been found washed up further along the coast in Bournemouth. In one morning alone, lifeguards in Bournemouth recovered more than 100 jellyfish which had beached themselves. The influx to British shores is down to rich nutrients presently in the water which create ideal conditions for plankton to bloom.
  • Geoff Moore/REX
    Dog walker Suzanne Loveless (49) was shocked to discover 17 huge Barrel Jellyfish washed up at Portland Castle beach in Dorset this morning. She comments: "Last year I did find one but this was an amazing sight, there were huge jellyfish everywhere. I had to try to keep my dog 'Monty' away from them just in case he got stung as he did try to sniff them. Some of them were over 3 foot across with long strings of tentacles!" 17 huge Barrel Jellyfish wash up on Portland Castle Beach, Dorset, Britain - 11 May 2015
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    Monty the dog sniffs a Barrel Jellyfish washed up on Portland Castle Beach, Dorset, Britain - 11 May 2015
  • Geoff Moore/REX
    17 huge Barrel Jellyfish wash up on Portland Castle Beach, Dorset, Britain - 11 May 2015
  • 17 huge Barrel Jellyfish wash up on Portland Castle Beach, Dorset, Britain - 11 May 2015
  • Geoff Moore/REX
    17 huge Barrel Jellyfish wash up on Portland Castle Beach, Dorset, Britain - 11 May 2015
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