Monday, 6 Dec 2021

Baffled dogwalker spots ‘beast’ jellyfish even bigger than her Labrador on beach

A baffled dog walker stumbled across a monster jellyfish bigger that was even bigger than her Labrador.

With a big bulbous head and long slippery tentacles – the one metre square monster is the largest jellyfish of its kind in the UK, TeamDogs reports.

Fiona McGarva was out walking her Labradors, Poppy and Riley, at Ayr beach, South Ayrshire in Scotland, when she came across the “beast”.

The creature is believed to be a barrel jellyfish nicknamed ‘dustbin jellyfish’ – the largest species of its kind found in UK waters.

The jellyfish has unusual transparent insides which Fiona said were remarkably detailed.

Fiona said: "I was walking my two Labs on Ayr beach at around 6.30 am. The tide was well out and there were a few jellyfish around, which is nothing unusual, then I came across this beast.

"I've seen lots of large ones washed up before, both on Prestwick and Ayr beaches, but this one was the most impressive one I've seen. I believe it's a barrel jellyfish.

"Poppy, the dog in the photo, is more than happy to pose for pictures so she was a willing model. You can gauge the size in comparison to Poppy, my dog.

"Its insides were very clear, a coral and salmon pink colour. It looked quite 'fresh' if that's the right word. It looked like a swallowed dog's chewed-up rope toy.

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"I've seen lots of jellyfish, but this is one of the most detailed ones I've come across. My dogs are also used to seeing them and know not to touch them. If they do get too close, I call them away. Poppy was more than happy to be my glamorous model. I have no clue where it came from.

"I was chuffed with the photo – it came out really well, but then again I had a photogenic subject."

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