Giant jellyfish are invading the U.K. This story is the latest in sightings of the barrel jelly.
MONSTER jellyfish have landed on the beaches of south west Wales.
And there are warnings many more could be on the way.
Surprised visitors discovered the two foot wide creatures on the sands of Ferryside in Carmarthenshire.
The higher than normal counts of these huge piles of goo are said to be caused by winter rains which washed nutrients into the seas which in turn fed the plankton that the cnidarians eat.
One observer noted:
“I have seen around 30 jellyfish in the area so far, including live ones.
“They are very heavy creatures and they are continuing to become stranded because of the wind and tide.
“They are being washed into the shallow water and when the tide goes back out, they are left there.
They won’t kill you with any toxins in their tentacles but may be irritating. However, I would NOT like to get pummelled by one in the water.
Though there is no scale in the picture above, it was reportedly 2 feet wide.
Scientists are studying the reported blooms of jellyfish which may be a clue to the health of the ocean food web. A preliminary assessment (from 2012) concludes that there is not a true “jellyfish invasion” that can be measured. It will take additional data to determine if climate change and pollution are causing issues.