It's the invasion of the jellyfish! giant creatures washing up all over Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: WOBBLING: Shannon Knott, eight, with a 'blue barrel' jellyfish on Mudeford beach WOBBLING: Shannon Knott, eight, with a 'blue barrel' jellyfish on Mudeford beach

SCORES of jellyfish are continuing to wash up on Dorset’s beaches due to a strong inshore wind, says an environment expert.

Residents from across the county have spotted the marine creatures in areas such as Sandbanks, Hengistbury Head and Studland.

Marine photographer and environ-mental campaigner Steve Trewhella says the jellyfish are attracted by the sun shining on the water and the strong tide then brings them in, which is sad, but just part of their lives.

He said: “I haven’t seen these big barrel jellyfish in the area for 20-odd years.

“To have them in the waters is a positive sign because it means we are having a really good season for plankton, which include jellyfish.

“They are quite dense and predominantly quite heavy, but I wouldn’t advise that people pick them up, although they are harmless to humans. Instead, just leave them and they will eventually break down on the beach.”

See all the pictures of jellyfish found by readers in a gallery

Gary Pope found a jellyfish he estimated at three to four-feet-wide at Hengistbury Head.

He said: “My wife, Marina, spotted it, and called me over to look, along with my nephew, Shannon Knott, eight. It was an amazing thing to see.”

Ruth Oliver found a metre-long jellyfish while she was walking her dog, Murphy, also at Hengistbury Head yesterday morning.

She said: “I saw something that looked like a plastic bag, but as we got closer, I realised it was a jellyfish. It was huge. During our walk, we subsequently found two more, but they weren’t quite as big.”

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8:43am Fri 20 Jun 14

justme20092009 says...

wonder if its anything to do with them living in the sea a
wonder if its anything to do with them living in the sea a justme20092009
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9:47am Fri 20 Jun 14

Old Colonial says...

Oh yes, it's June. Time for the monthly Echo jellyfish report.
Oh yes, it's June. Time for the monthly Echo jellyfish report. Old Colonial
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12:01pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

How can you tell its dead and not just sleeping waiting for he tide to come in?
How can you tell its dead and not just sleeping waiting for he tide to come in? Sir Beachy Head
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12:30pm Fri 20 Jun 14

GeorgeW64 says...

I've seen quite a few on Boscombe beach, very odd looking things and sound like they are made of rubber when kicked it over.
I've seen quite a few on Boscombe beach, very odd looking things and sound like they are made of rubber when kicked it over. GeorgeW64
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2:56pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Isosceles says...

Echo headline 'giant creatures washing up all over Dorset'
I have seen none in my back garden and didn't see any when I went to the shops this morning!
Echo headline 'giant creatures washing up all over Dorset' I have seen none in my back garden and didn't see any when I went to the shops this morning! Isosceles
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7:30pm Fri 20 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

What is a environ- mental campaigner .??? Is legal during day light hours?
What is a environ- mental campaigner .??? Is legal during day light hours? kalebmoledirt
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7:35pm Fri 20 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
What is a environ- mental campaigner .??? Is legal during day light hours?
Steve's got his finger on the pulse don't pick them up and pop them in a plastic bag .they could be mistaken for a take away thanks Steve
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: What is a environ- mental campaigner .??? Is legal during day light hours?[/p][/quote]Steve's got his finger on the pulse don't pick them up and pop them in a plastic bag .they could be mistaken for a take away thanks Steve kalebmoledirt
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7:35pm Fri 20 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
What is a environ- mental campaigner .??? Is legal during day light hours?
Steve's got his finger on the pulse don't pick them up and pop them in a plastic bag .they could be mistaken for a take away thanks Steve
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: What is a environ- mental campaigner .??? Is legal during day light hours?[/p][/quote]Steve's got his finger on the pulse don't pick them up and pop them in a plastic bag .they could be mistaken for a take away thanks Steve kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -1

8:12pm Fri 20 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Put a couple in an bag and give some oriental student a couple of Bob to deliver it . tell you date it's the latest trend .you have got to score ..don't try it with the missus
Put a couple in an bag and give some oriental student a couple of Bob to deliver it . tell you date it's the latest trend .you have got to score ..don't try it with the missus kalebmoledirt
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