Bournemouth EchoGiant jellyfish wash up on Dorset beaches (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Giant barrel jellyfish wash up on beaches across Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: Steve Trewhella with one of the barrel jellyfish Steve Trewhella with one of the barrel jellyfish

GIANT jellyfish have been washing ashore along the Dorset coast thanks to the spring tides and windy weather.

Over the past few days more and more sightings of the barrel jellyfish, which is relatively rare in coastal areas and can be as long as one metre (three feet), have been reported both in the sea and washed up on beaches.

Steve Trewhella, a professional wildlife photographer and environmental campaigner, has been tracking the creatures.

“They are not at all dangerous to people, but it is best not to touch any jellyfish unless you are sure what it is,” he said.

“They are heavy creatures and they get washed in to shore, and when the tide goes out they can't escape and end up beached. Barrel jellyfish are a favourite food of the leatherback turtle so we might see some of those here too.

“I know not everyone likes jellyfish, but their presence shows the seas are working as they should.”

He encouraged people to take pictures of the creatures if they spot them as reports are of interest to conservation groups, such as the Marine Conservation Society.

“They are amazing creatures and they may not be back for a while,” he added.

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6:07pm Tue 13 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Even the BBC main news ran this story as well as the echo running it twice in a week.

Try as I might, I couldn't give a **** and I've not met anyone else who does.
Some stories just don't have legs.
Even the BBC main news ran this story as well as the echo running it twice in a week. Try as I might, I couldn't give a **** and I've not met anyone else who does. Some stories just don't have legs. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -17

7:24pm Tue 13 May 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Even the BBC main news ran this story as well as the echo running it twice in a week.

Try as I might, I couldn't give a **** and I've not met anyone else who does.
Some stories just don't have legs.
Thanks for the tip oh messiah of what is newsworthy, let us bow to the little worm that you are...
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Even the BBC main news ran this story as well as the echo running it twice in a week. Try as I might, I couldn't give a **** and I've not met anyone else who does. Some stories just don't have legs.[/p][/quote]Thanks for the tip oh messiah of what is newsworthy, let us bow to the little worm that you are... Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 9

8:31pm Tue 13 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Time for bed Maureen, and dont forget your medication again.
Time for bed Maureen, and dont forget your medication again. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -6

8:54pm Tue 13 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Hey Mo, while your here, why have you got one male and one female name ?

I keep getting an image of you much like that winner of Eurovision.

Can you not make up your mind what you want to be ?
Hey Mo, while your here, why have you got one male and one female name ? I keep getting an image of you much like that winner of Eurovision. Can you not make up your mind what you want to be ? Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -7

10:02am Wed 14 May 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Hey Mo, while your here, why have you got one male and one female name ?

I keep getting an image of you much like that winner of Eurovision.

Can you not make up your mind what you want to be ?
My name is Maureen Arthur, decided it would be a wacky idea to place by surname first, crazy huh?!?
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Hey Mo, while your here, why have you got one male and one female name ? I keep getting an image of you much like that winner of Eurovision. Can you not make up your mind what you want to be ?[/p][/quote]My name is Maureen Arthur, decided it would be a wacky idea to place by surname first, crazy huh?!? Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 4

11:02am Wed 14 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Arthur Maureen wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Hey Mo, while your here, why have you got one male and one female name ?

I keep getting an image of you much like that winner of Eurovision.

Can you not make up your mind what you want to be ?
My name is Maureen Arthur, decided it would be a wacky idea to place by surname first, crazy huh?!?
OK, nice to meet you Maureen.
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Maureen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Hey Mo, while your here, why have you got one male and one female name ? I keep getting an image of you much like that winner of Eurovision. Can you not make up your mind what you want to be ?[/p][/quote]My name is Maureen Arthur, decided it would be a wacky idea to place by surname first, crazy huh?!?[/p][/quote]OK, nice to meet you Maureen. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 0

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