Hun­dreds of jel­ly­fish wash up on beach

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

JEL­LY­FISH as far as the eye can see have washed up on a pop­u­lar West Wales beach.

The large crea­tures were spot­ted on the sand at Cefn Si­dan, Pem­brey, on Mon­day.

Hun­dreds of bar­rel jel­ly­fish, of­fi­cially known as rhi­zos­toma pulmo, can be seen all along the beach, rang­ing in size.

They seem to have trav­elled there in huge num­bers, as they have washed up onto the sand just feet away from each other.

Paul Row­land couldn’t help but no­tice the jel­ly­fish as he walked along the beach on Mon­day af­ter­noon. He said there were hun­dreds, pos­si­bly thou­sands, of them al­to­gether.

“They’re all along the tide line at re­ally regular in­ter­vals, just a few feet apart,” he said.

“It’s a re­ally long beach but you could just see them stretch­ing out in both direc­tions along the high wa­ter line as far as the eye could see.

“The big­gest ones were prob­a­bly a cou­ple of feet across, translu­cent and slightly blue-ish in colour.”

It’s not the first time a large num­ber of jel­ly­fish have washed up at Cefn Si­dan.

While the bar­rel jel­ly­fish are harm­less to hu­mans, oth­ers that have ap­peared there can leave a nasty st­ing.

In 2017, a num­ber of man o’war jel­ly­fish were spot­ted on the sand there, which is part of Pem­brey County Park. Their st­ing can paral­yse fish and other small prey in­stantly and can, very rarely, be fa­tal to hu­mans.

Jel­ly­fish have a ten­dency to travel in large groups and, de­spite liv­ing in the sea, they are not very good swim­mers. Be­cause of this, they get car­ried along by cur­rents in the wa­ter and end up on the beach.

The NHS said peo­ple should not treat the af­fected area with vine­gar or urine, or ap­ply ice to it.

Jel­ly­fish washed up on Cefn Si­dan beach in Car­marthen­shire.

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