Twelve giant barrel jellyfish found washed up on Studland Beach

A barrel jellyfish washed up on Studland Beach, pictured by Tony Thompson

A barrel jellyfish washed up on Studland Beach, pictured by Tony Thompson

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AROUND a dozen giant jellyfish have washed up at Studland Beach.

New Forest resident Tony Thompson sent in these pictures after he stumbled across the barrel jellyfish during an afternoon walk.

Other beach-goers voiced concerns about swimming in the water – but experts have since confirmed the large jellyfish are harmless to humans.

Tony told the Daily Echo: “We were down for a picnic on Studland Heath and we went for a stroll on the beach on the opposite side of the road.

“We go to the beach quite often but this is the first time I’ve seen any jellyfish down there. We saw about a dozen of them. They were quite big, especially two of them.”

Experts say the barrel jellyfish’s sting will not harm to enough to harm to humans but people are still advised not to touch them.

Gary Hicks, from Bournemouth Oceanarium, said: “You’re best off not touching them, just in case you have a cut on your skin as you may get a mild irritation from them.

“But their stings are not powerful enough to break the skin.

“People call them the basking sharks of the jellyfish world, as they look big and intimidating but they’re actually pretty harmless.”

Last week we reported that another giant barrel jellyfish had washed up at Sandbanks Beach in Poole. In all, around 10 barrel jellyfish sightings have been reported along the south coast in recent weeks.

Last month swarms of them were spotted off Cornwall’s south coast.

The barrel jellyfish can grow to 90 cm wide, with tentacles hanging down up to 6ft.

Gary said: “Normally you wouldn’t get them this close to the shore. With the warm weather and the recent storms the plankton population has exploded in the shallower waters, which attracts the jellyfish.

“This species just feeds on plankton.”

Do you have a picture of the jellyfish to send us? email digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk

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6:48am Tue 10 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

People Call them the basking shark of the jelly fish world for short,No they don't.about thirty years ago there was similar invasion the trust wardens loaded the dead fish into tractor trailers and dumped them at the back of the dunes there were hundreds,so they have not committed suicide because of the wind farm
People Call them the basking shark of the jelly fish world for short,No they don't.about thirty years ago there was similar invasion the trust wardens loaded the dead fish into tractor trailers and dumped them at the back of the dunes there were hundreds,so they have not committed suicide because of the wind farm kalebmoledirt
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6:59am Tue 10 Jun 14

Adrian XX says...

Poke them with a stick?
Poke them with a stick? Adrian XX
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7:23am Tue 10 Jun 14

rudolph_hucker says...

urrrrrggh
urrrrrggh rudolph_hucker
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7:44am Tue 10 Jun 14

cheeriedriteup says...

If these were found in a field it would make a storey but I don't really see what is readable about jelly fish on the beach, it is not exactly a first is it
If these were found in a field it would make a storey but I don't really see what is readable about jelly fish on the beach, it is not exactly a first is it cheeriedriteup
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11:16am Tue 10 Jun 14

Dawg1505 says...

"beach-goers voiced concerns about swimming in the water"
Really, Why?
Have you any idea what fish do in the water?
"beach-goers voiced concerns about swimming in the water" Really, Why? Have you any idea what fish do in the water? Dawg1505
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11:54am Tue 10 Jun 14

GeorgeW64 says...

I found one on the beach in Boscombe last week I didn't run to the echo to report it.
I found one on the beach in Boscombe last week I didn't run to the echo to report it. GeorgeW64
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2:53pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Arthur Maureen says...

GeorgeW64 wrote:
I found one on the beach in Boscombe last week I didn't run to the echo to report it.
Fibber
[quote][p][bold]GeorgeW64[/bold] wrote: I found one on the beach in Boscombe last week I didn't run to the echo to report it.[/p][/quote]Fibber Arthur Maureen
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10:38pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Yankee1 says...

The 'Natur/al/ist' Wonders of Studland:

Aquatic Te*ticles spotted on the shore; and 'Meerkat' Te*ticles spotted up in the dunes.

Just one consonant difference.

Remember that song from the 1970s?:

'Ethel, you shameless hussy!
Ethel! Ethelllllll!!!'
The 'Natur/al/ist' Wonders of Studland: Aquatic Te*ticles spotted on the shore; and 'Meerkat' Te*ticles spotted up in the dunes. Just one consonant difference. Remember that song from the 1970s?: 'Ethel, you shameless hussy! Ethel! Ethelllllll!!!' Yankee1
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