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Jellyfish Wobbling into Dorset

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1:48pm 30th July 2013

A number of jelly fish have been spotted off the Dorset coast following the recent heat wave.

Marine experts say the cold spring delayed their return to our shores.

Barrel and Compass jelly fish have been reported in our area.

Marine Awareness Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust Julie Hatcher says

"You do need to be careful of jellyfish, they do sting so you don’t want touch them if you find them washed up on the beach or if you're swimming in the sea. Depending on how big they are or how many there are their sting can be quite painful so you do need to be careful"

Julie says the jelly fish also attract other marine animals to Dorset too.

"The leather back turtle come to our shores every year to feast on jelly fish. They're the biggest turtle it he world and can grow to quite a size, so we do get quite excited when the jelly fish come around because you never know what could be following them."

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