Dozens of jellyfish washed up along Burnham-On-Sea
of stranded jellyfish were washed up along Burnham-On-Sea beach
at high tide on Friday and Saturday evenings - leaving paddlers
to tip-toe their way around them.
creatures, believed to be harmless Moon Jellyfish, varied in size
from 6 - 20cm in width and were all transparent with umbrella-shaped
from the Marine Conservation Society suggest that jellyfish are
currently appearing in much the same way as 2004, with millions
of Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) swarming along the west coasts
of England, Wales and Scotland.
are very vulnerable to changing sea temperatures and water quality,
although it is not clear why the latest stranding has occurred.
Richardson of the Marine Conservation Society said: "It is
not clear why large numbers of some species suddenly appear in
UK waters, but we expect environmental factors such as weather
patterns and sea temperatures play a role."
Met office has already predicted that this summers temperatures
may be above average for south west England and north west Scotland,
so it will be interesting to see how the jellyfish respond."
last major stranding of jellyfish in Burnham was in September
2004 when hundreds of small creatures were washed up along
the Bristol Channel.
Jellyfish creatures washed up on Burnham
beach in September 2004
guide [Marine Conservation Society]