Monster of the deep: giant jellyfish found washed up on Sandbanks beach

Picture by Martin Lewis

Picture by Martin Lewis

First published in News

THIS giant jellyfish was found washed up on Sandbanks beach today.

Poole resident Martin Lewis sent in this picture of the jellyfish, which attracted several curious dogs and their walkers.

He said: “It was only about a metre from the sea and a lot of dogs were showing interest in it.

“It’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen. You usually expect jellyfish to have quite thin tentacles but these were large and thick making it look more like an octopus.

“Quite a few people were remarking that they wouldn’t want to be swimming alongside it.”

Around 10 barrel jellyfish sightings have been reported along the south coast recently and experts believe there will be more as the weather warms up. They are harmless to humans but people are still advised not to touch them.

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5:30pm Thu 22 May 14

Matthew_Y says...

This is not a jellyfish. It is clearly a politician out canvassing for support for todays election. The giveaway is the lack of a spine.
This is not a jellyfish. It is clearly a politician out canvassing for support for todays election. The giveaway is the lack of a spine. Matthew_Y
  • Score: 16

5:34pm Thu 22 May 14

Arthur Maureen says...

can't the echo leave Mr Carr alone, he's just enjoying a day down the beach, next minute all the local dogs are sniffing round him... things don't change eh..
can't the echo leave Mr Carr alone, he's just enjoying a day down the beach, next minute all the local dogs are sniffing round him... things don't change eh.. Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 6

6:16pm Thu 22 May 14

Bob49 says...

wonder what they were 'sniffing'
wonder what they were 'sniffing' Bob49
  • Score: 2

6:58pm Thu 22 May 14

Willsaxby says...

Went out on my kayak on the weekend in the purbecks and saw 50-70 of these jelly fish swimming around some 3ft across .
Went out on my kayak on the weekend in the purbecks and saw 50-70 of these jelly fish swimming around some 3ft across . Willsaxby
  • Score: 6

7:57pm Thu 22 May 14

Mike R-B says...

Willsaxby wrote:
Went out on my kayak on the weekend in the purbecks and saw 50-70 of these jelly fish swimming around some 3ft across .
Tough kayaking on all those rocks I bet.
With these around how can our beaches win awards.?
[quote][p][bold]Willsaxby[/bold] wrote: Went out on my kayak on the weekend in the purbecks and saw 50-70 of these jelly fish swimming around some 3ft across .[/p][/quote]Tough kayaking on all those rocks I bet. With these around how can our beaches win awards.? Mike R-B
  • Score: -5

8:43pm Thu 22 May 14

Willsaxby says...

Mike R-B wrote:
Willsaxby wrote:
Went out on my kayak on the weekend in the purbecks and saw 50-70 of these jelly fish swimming around some 3ft across .
Tough kayaking on all those rocks I bet.
With these around how can our beaches win awards.?
I paddled 14 miles on Saturday, not as bad as you might think. Jellyfish are here at the moment because the plankton are blooming, When it clears and it will, a vast number of jellyfish will go with them. Shouldn't much too much difference to our beaches as awards go. If its an issue sandbanks will just put up safe swim zones bordered with nets. They might be jellyfish but as jellyfish go there pretty weak stinging wise, same as a bad nettle rash. so not actually dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]Mike R-B[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willsaxby[/bold] wrote: Went out on my kayak on the weekend in the purbecks and saw 50-70 of these jelly fish swimming around some 3ft across .[/p][/quote]Tough kayaking on all those rocks I bet. With these around how can our beaches win awards.?[/p][/quote]I paddled 14 miles on Saturday, not as bad as you might think. Jellyfish are here at the moment because the plankton are blooming, When it clears and it will, a vast number of jellyfish will go with them. Shouldn't much too much difference to our beaches as awards go. If its an issue sandbanks will just put up safe swim zones bordered with nets. They might be jellyfish but as jellyfish go there pretty weak stinging wise, same as a bad nettle rash. so not actually dangerous. Willsaxby
  • Score: 7

9:25pm Thu 22 May 14

Old Colonial says...

Thank you Echo. I think that's about the third time you've mentioned these. What next? Daily reports that the sun's come up?
Thank you Echo. I think that's about the third time you've mentioned these. What next? Daily reports that the sun's come up? Old Colonial
  • Score: 1

11:32pm Thu 22 May 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Arthur Maureen wrote:
can't the echo leave Mr Carr alone, he's just enjoying a day down the beach, next minute all the local dogs are sniffing round him... things don't change eh..
Lol too funny
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Maureen[/bold] wrote: can't the echo leave Mr Carr alone, he's just enjoying a day down the beach, next minute all the local dogs are sniffing round him... things don't change eh..[/p][/quote]Lol too funny HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 1

8:16am Fri 23 May 14

cosplayuk says...

Mike R-B wrote:
Willsaxby wrote:
Went out on my kayak on the weekend in the purbecks and saw 50-70 of these jelly fish swimming around some 3ft across .
Tough kayaking on all those rocks I bet.
With these around how can our beaches win awards.?
The jellyfish are here BECAUSE the beaches are clean. When the water is clean and safe, it allows the algae to bloom and then the jellyfish come in to feed on them. An ocean full of life indicates clean water. I would be MUCH more worried if our beaches were devoid of life!
[quote][p][bold]Mike R-B[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willsaxby[/bold] wrote: Went out on my kayak on the weekend in the purbecks and saw 50-70 of these jelly fish swimming around some 3ft across .[/p][/quote]Tough kayaking on all those rocks I bet. With these around how can our beaches win awards.?[/p][/quote]The jellyfish are here BECAUSE the beaches are clean. When the water is clean and safe, it allows the algae to bloom and then the jellyfish come in to feed on them. An ocean full of life indicates clean water. I would be MUCH more worried if our beaches were devoid of life! cosplayuk
  • Score: 9

11:04am Thu 29 May 14

Willsaxby says...

cosplayuk wrote:
Mike R-B wrote:
Willsaxby wrote:
Went out on my kayak on the weekend in the purbecks and saw 50-70 of these jelly fish swimming around some 3ft across .
Tough kayaking on all those rocks I bet.
With these around how can our beaches win awards.?
The jellyfish are here BECAUSE the beaches are clean. When the water is clean and safe, it allows the algae to bloom and then the jellyfish come in to feed on them. An ocean full of life indicates clean water. I would be MUCH more worried if our beaches were devoid of life!
Not worried. Would the jelly fish be here if there wasn't algae?
[quote][p][bold]cosplayuk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike R-B[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willsaxby[/bold] wrote: Went out on my kayak on the weekend in the purbecks and saw 50-70 of these jelly fish swimming around some 3ft across .[/p][/quote]Tough kayaking on all those rocks I bet. With these around how can our beaches win awards.?[/p][/quote]The jellyfish are here BECAUSE the beaches are clean. When the water is clean and safe, it allows the algae to bloom and then the jellyfish come in to feed on them. An ocean full of life indicates clean water. I would be MUCH more worried if our beaches were devoid of life![/p][/quote]Not worried. Would the jelly fish be here if there wasn't algae? Willsaxby
  • Score: 0

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