Giant ‘killer’ jellyfish may land on UK beaches during warmer waters

Giant ‘killer’ jellyfish can be seen off British shores during sunny days. The imposing creatures can develop tents up to 160 feet tall—the equivalent of the size of five double-decker buses.

The Portuguese Man o’ War jellyfish packs an incredibly powerful sting, causing pain to anyone who is unfortunately caught. While rare – just 62 were seen in the UK last year – windy weather and strong tides can see them washing up on our beaches.

Children and the elderly are especially at risk from their unsuspecting stings, reports Mirror, Leatherback turtles visit UK seas in the summer to feast on jellyfish, which are actually a floating colony of very small animals, so even a turtle might not be too far away if you see a Portuguese man o’ war .

Beach-goers are urged to steer clear of any traumatic injuries and stay away from oval-shaped, transparent jellyfish. They have been known to occasionally kill humans.

Beaches above and below the country will warm over the next few days as the UK is about to scorch, with some temperatures above 32C. The increase in temperature does not affect the amount of jellyfish that can invade UK coasts, but it is important that sunbathers are aware of the dangers and signs.

The NHS has some helpful advice for anyone stung, and it is advised to rinse the affected area with seawater and not fresh water. You should remove any spines from the skin using tweezers or the edge of a bank card and soak the area in very warm water for at least 30 minutes, as hot as possible, for at least 30 minutes and warm Use flannel or towels if you can’t soak it.

It is also advisable to take pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen if you can. The NHS says you shouldn’t use vinegar to treat a sting, and you shouldn’t even urinate on it.

Do not apply ice or cold packs to the sting, do not touch any spines with your bare hands, and do not cover or close the wound. In 2010, 69-year-old Maria Furkas suffered an allergic reaction and died after being stung on the leg by a Man o’ War as she swam with her sister at Porto Tramatzu, near Cagliari in Sardinia. The Sun reports.

And in 2018, 13-year-old Verity Stanton left seasick after being stung by a jellyfish while swimming near Mabblethorpe, Lincolnshire.

Citizen Science Program developer Amy Pillsbury at the Marine Conservation Society said: “The Portuguese Man o’ War jellyfish have a very powerful sting, so if you see their oval-shaped, transparent float with a crest, steer clear of us. Records of jellyfish sightings show that these jellyfish-like creatures (they are actually a floating colony of very small animals) are extremely rare in the UK. We reported 62 sightings of the Portuguese man o’ war in 2021.”

She continued: “Jellyfish come to UK shores every year during the summer months, but this has more to do with the wind that carries the Portuguese man o’ war to our shores than the effect of temperature. From their large wind Because of the full floats, they can be easily flown in windy weather, so often you can see more than one.

“When it comes to being stung, the best advice is to simply keep your distance. The NHS gives advice on what to do if you do get stung.

“Please share your vision with us at the Marine Conservation Society, all the information we receive when we see jellyfish helps us understand when, where and why these creatures are appearing on our shores. Leatherback turtles summer In the UK, jellyfish go to the UK seas to feast, so seeing a jelly on the seashore may mean a turtle is nearby.”

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