warning to beach users along Burnham-On-Sea coastline
users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have been warned to
watch out for jellyfish along tide lines.
Moon Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, have been washed
up at Brean in recent days.
heatwave and warm summer weather have led to an increase in the
numbers of the creatures around the UK coastline.
wardens in our area are recommending paddlers keep an eye out
for the creatures as a precaution.
spokesman for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"While some jellyfish are harmless or have a very mild sting,
others have a more painful sting. We recommend that, for your
own safety, you do not touch them."
Peter Richardson, the MCS Biodiversity Programme Manager and jellyfish
expert, says this year was a relatively quiet year for jellyfish
reports until the warm weather kicked in.
scarcity of jellyfish reports around the UK before June was unusual
and could well be linked to the exceptionally cold spring,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
as our waters have warmed, sightings of jellyfish have increased,
with moon jellyfish reported in large numbers around the UK, including
reports of compass and blue jellyfish in the south west."
added: "There is some evidence that jellyfish numbers are
increasing in places around the world, including UK seas, although
some scientists argue that jellyfish numbers increase and then
decrease normally every 20 years or so."
others believe these increases are linked to factors such as pollution,
over-fishing and possibly climate change. I think we should consider
jellyfish populations as important indicators of the state of
our seas, and the annual MCS jellyfish survey helps provide some
of the information we need to understand more about them. Sightings
can be easily reported at www.mcsuk.org."
the last decade, 7,500 jellyfish reports around the UK have been
made by the public to MCS.
Top, a Moon Jellyfish washed up on Brean beach and, above, paddlers
on Burnham beach