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Giant Jelly Fish Washed Up In Dorset

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2:32pm 12th May 2014

More giant jellyfish have been found washed up off the Dorset coast, but don't worry they're not dangerous.

Commonly known as the barrel jelly fish, the species have been discovered near Chesil Cove and at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

Professional wildlife photographer Steve Trewhella says the arrival of the barrel jelly fish in Dorset is exciting;

“Jelly fish get a bad press because we associate them with stinging and being nasty.  But they’re extraordinary animals.  They’re very interesting.  Once you get up close and personal with one in the water or on the beach, it gives you an insight into a pretty amazing animal.”

“It’s not unusual for us to get jelly fish.  We just don’t get very many and these ones haven’t been around for a few years, in these sort of numbers.  What we are seeing is just the tip of the iceberg.  These are just the unfortunate specimens which have got caught out by the wind and tide.”


Picture supplied by Steve Trewhella

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