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Devonshire Jellyfish

Observed: 17th August 2009 By: afishwishafishwish’s reputation in Invertebratesafishwish’s reputation in Invertebrates
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The sea at Slapton Sands, Devon, was teeming with these jellyfish, you could see one about every 5 metres along the coast. I was unlucky enough to front crawl into one face first, luckily the sting only lasted a couple of hours.

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madasyernan's picture

Ouch,

are these native to British waters?

Sam, Student.

trudy-russell's picture

Hi, it is a compass jellyfish

Hi, it is a compass jellyfish the distinctive pattern on the top of the bell is unmistakable! they are native to British waters and can be found all round the coast. They are a pelagic (open ocean) species with the majority seen near the coast being juveniles which have a less painfull sting but still not pleasent!
Trudy

Trudy Russell
Marine Advisor
Natural England

To find out about what's going on in the south west check out http://www.ispot.org.uk/forum/8409

Jonathan's picture

From the safety of my

From the safety of my computer screen, it looks rather beautiful!

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

rupesyroo's picture

size?

great photo! roughly how big was this observed species? i have seen ones about 4cm across while surfing in cornwall.
Many thanks
Rupert.
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FdSc Conservation and Countryside Management Student.

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Size?

Hi Rupert,
They were much bigger than 4cm, probably more like 15cm - 20cm diameter. afishwish

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