Fam­ily dis­cover hun­dreds of jel­ly­fish washed up on beach

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Robert Dalling @RobertDall­ing 01792 545545 [email protected]­line.co.uk

AS far as the eye can see, jel­ly­fish can be spot­ted along this Welsh beach.

Kevin Tay­lor took his chil­dren, aged nine and 10, down to Pem­brey beach on Wed­nes­day to have a day out and make the most of the lovely weather.

But when they ar­rived they wit­nessed some­thing quite unusual.

All along the beach were hun­dreds of washed-up jel­ly­fish of all dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes, some­thing they were all fas­ci­nated by.

It also caught the at­ten­tion of dog walk­ers and many others who vis­ited the beach that day.

“I went down with the kids, it was a nice af­ter­noon so we thought we’d go to the beach,” the 51-year-old of Llanelli said.

“We were walk­ing along and we came across a huge amount of jel­ly­fish of all shapes and sizes, some quite large and others quite small and they had this lovely blue colour. It was great to see. They were all in this mas­sive line about 4ft to 5ft wide.”

Cefn Si­dan is a long, wide, un­spoilt, sandy beach, backed by sand dunes, stretching for ap­prox­i­mately eight miles.

It lies within Pem­brey Coun­try Park and of­fers views across Car­marthen Bay to the hilly coast­line on the other side.

On the beach are sev­eral dif­fer­ent species of jel­ly­fish, some of which sting, and some of which do not.

The NHS rec­om­mends you get help from a life­guard or some­one with first aid train­ing if you hap­pen to get stung by one of the crea­tures.

You should rinse the af­fected area with sea­wa­ter, not fresh wa­ter, and re­move any spines from the skin us­ing tweez­ers or the edge of a bank card.

You should soak the area in very warm wa­ter, as hot as can be tol­er­ated, for at least half an hour, us­ing hot flan­nels or tow­els if you can’t soak it.

Painkiller­s like parac­eta­mol or ibupro­fen are also rec­om­mended.

The NHS says you should not use vine­gar, uri­nate on the sting, ap­ply ice or a cold pack, touch any spines with your bare hands or cover or close the wound.

Mr Tay­lor, a school care­taker, added: “I’ve seen a cou­ple of jel­ly­fish down there be­fore but never as many as that. I was telling the kids not to touch them. They were fas­ci­nated, some of them were so big it was un­be­liev­able.”

Find out more on­line at... waleson­line.co.uk/ llanelli

Pic­tures: Kevin Tay­lor

The jel­ly­fish on Pem­brey Beach.

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