May 24, 2011
washed up along beaches in Burnham area 'are harmless'
users in Burnham-On-Sea and Brean have been reassured that a number
of large jellyfish washed up along local beaches this week are
20 of the jellyfish - some measuring up to 40cm long - have washed
up along the shoreline this week, as pictured.
sent these photos to the Marine Conservation Society, which has
identified them as Barrel Jellyfish, also known as Rhizostoma
are quite harmless and beach users have nothing to fear from them,"
the Society's Peter Richardson told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
had several reports of them being seen along the south wales coastline
in recent weeks, but these are the first on the English side of
the Bristol Channel."
can grow as large as 40kg in weight and measure one metre wide
in some years."
thought that rough sea conditions whipped up by heavy
winds at the weekend are the reason for the jellyfish being