July 11, 2015
Jellyfish warning to beach users along Burnham-On-Sea coastline

Beach users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have been warned to watch out for jellyfish along tide lines.

Several Moon Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, have been washed up on Burnham beach in recent days.

The warm summer weather has led to an increase in the numbers of the creatures around the UK's coastline.

Beach wardens in our area are recommending paddlers keep an eye out for the creatures as a precaution.

A spokesman for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) told "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."

Dr Peter Richardson, the MCS Biodiversity Programme Manager and jellyfish expert, said: "We can’t reliably report numbers of jellyfish that have washed ashore around the UK, but they are likely to be in the tens of thousands at the very least."

"By the first week of July we had received 650 reports of jellyfish from around the UK, involving thousands of jellyfish, with over 500 reports involving barrel jellyfish (approximately 80%)."

"July, August and September are our peak reporting months, so we expect many more reports of barrels and other species in the next few weeks.

Pictured: Top, a Moon Jellyfish washed up on Burnham beach and, above, paddlers on Burnham beach


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