Giant jellyfish found on Lancashire beaches among UK’s biggest

HUGE: The barrel jellyfish, snapped by Dave Crossman

HUGE: The barrel jellyfish, snapped by Dave Crossman

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Giant jellyfish have been found washed up on the Lancashire shoreline.

The extra large barrel jellyfish have been spotted in Knott End.

I didn’t think our sea could get any scarier, but then I came across this monster

Dave Crossman

These enormous creatures can grow up to 90cm across, weigh as much as an average 11-year-old child and are washing up on our shores in droves.

They were first spotted on the south coast, but the warmer weather has brought them further north.

Anyone who spots one on the beach is warned not to touch it but the jellyfish are not considered dangerous to humans.

The creatures – the largest jellyfish found in this country – have a weak sting that experts say is similar to that of a nettle.

Dave Crossman, who snapped these two specimens at Knott End, said: “I didn’t think our sea could get any scarier, but then I came across this monster.

“I just hope dog walkers manage to spot this before their dogs go running over for a sniff.”

Ken Harcombe, of the Rossall Point watch tower, which looks our over the sands, said they have been getting reports of jellyfish in the area.”

In recent weeks, swarms of the creatures have been reported off the South coast but now they are being spotted up North too.

The route to the Wyre Light in recent days has been littered with dozens of jellyfish, including a handful of “massive” barrel jellyfish.

A fortnight ago Fleetwood Coastguard posted some pictures of them on Facebook, warning people to take care.

The post read: “These are the largest jellyfish in UK waters. Be careful if you’re on the beach.”