Snorkellers photo shows just how big Bournemouth’s jellyfish can grow

Bournemouth Echo: BARREL OF LAUGHS: Martin Frith with the barrel Jellyfish BARREL OF LAUGHS: Martin Frith with the barrel Jellyfish

A GROUP of amateur snorkelers got up close and personal with some gigantic jellyfish in Boscombe.

Property developer Martin Frith was kayaking between the piers at Bournemouth and Boscombe on Tuesday afternoon when he saw the exotic looking creatures near the surface of the water.

Martin and friends David O’Callaghan and Paul Manton were enjoying a leisurely day off in the sunshine when they decided to jump into the water to take a closer look.

He said they saw between 10 and 15 of various sizes and estimated the largest, which appears to be a Rhizostoma pulmo – more commonly known as a barrel jellyfish, to be bet- ween 4ft and 5ft in diameter.

“We were just out kayaking and wanted to do a bit of snorkelling,” he added. “Then we saw these two great big white things.

“They are such elegant creatures. I made sure I kept my hand away from the tentacles but did put my hand on its head.

“Luckily I had my camera with me and we were each able to have our pictures taken with them.”

The latest sightings come a week after the Daily Echo reported scores of jellyfish had been washed up on beaches throughout Dorset.

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

The barrel jellyfish is the largest found in British waters and sightings typically become more frequent as the weather gets warmer.

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6:42am Fri 27 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

There was an even bigger one than that jammed in a deck chair on the beach eating a McDonald's
There was an even bigger one than that jammed in a deck chair on the beach eating a McDonald's kalebmoledirt
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7:14am Fri 27 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

You just cant leave Boscombe out of it can you, could they have been recovering Chivers Addicts
You just cant leave Boscombe out of it can you, could they have been recovering Chivers Addicts Lord Spring
  • Score: 1

8:37am Fri 27 Jun 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

When asked Councillor Jane Kelly said 'This is wonderful for Boscombe.'
When asked Councillor Jane Kelly said 'This is wonderful for Boscombe.' politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 16

9:40am Fri 27 Jun 14

Controversial But True says...

Boscombe eh?

Beautiful view of The Needles from the beach and a frightening view of needles ON the beach!!
Boscombe eh? Beautiful view of The Needles from the beach and a frightening view of needles ON the beach!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 14

9:56am Fri 27 Jun 14

sea poole says...

Brilliant and witty comments -keep 'em coming in!
Brilliant and witty comments -keep 'em coming in! sea poole
  • Score: 2

10:52am Fri 27 Jun 14

nothingtofear says...

I don't go to Boscombe beach any more because the last time that I went there those blighters from Greenpeace tried to rescue me.
I don't go to Boscombe beach any more because the last time that I went there those blighters from Greenpeace tried to rescue me. nothingtofear
  • Score: 2

12:22pm Fri 27 Jun 14

burgerboy says...

Controversial But True wrote:
Boscombe eh?

Beautiful view of The Needles from the beach and a frightening view of needles ON the beach!!
BRILLIANT....a classic.............
.So true 10/10 for effort.
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Boscombe eh? Beautiful view of The Needles from the beach and a frightening view of needles ON the beach!![/p][/quote]BRILLIANT....a classic............. .So true 10/10 for effort. burgerboy
  • Score: 3

10:18pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I'm addicted to my weekly fix of 'barrel jellyfish stories'

I was discussing it today with my GP. He warned me that after the summer the stories may dry up and I should prepare for that.

I just can't bare the thought of it, I said.

He's given me a box of pentobarbitone to cope, with the instructions of 'don't take it all at once'.

Thanks doc, yeah great, cheers, I'd rather have a jellyfish story though, they mean the world to me.
I'm addicted to my weekly fix of 'barrel jellyfish stories' I was discussing it today with my GP. He warned me that after the summer the stories may dry up and I should prepare for that. I just can't bare the thought of it, I said. He's given me a box of pentobarbitone to cope, with the instructions of 'don't take it all at once'. Thanks doc, yeah great, cheers, I'd rather have a jellyfish story though, they mean the world to me. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 2

1:42pm Sun 29 Jun 14

wadjit says...

burgerboy wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Boscombe eh?

Beautiful view of The Needles from the beach and a frightening view of needles ON the beach!!
BRILLIANT....a classic.............

.So true 10/10 for effort.
I go to the beach almost every day and have never seen any drug related items like that in my life and I do look out for it just out of interest. You talk out of your backside. It’s a joke I know but it is only that. Far from true. I worry about the sanity of some people on here.
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Boscombe eh? Beautiful view of The Needles from the beach and a frightening view of needles ON the beach!![/p][/quote]BRILLIANT....a classic............. .So true 10/10 for effort.[/p][/quote]I go to the beach almost every day and have never seen any drug related items like that in my life and I do look out for it just out of interest. You talk out of your backside. It’s a joke I know but it is only that. Far from true. I worry about the sanity of some people on here. wadjit
  • Score: 0
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