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Invasion of the barrel jelly fish

The huge barrel jelly fish has invaded the south coast of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall this Easter 2015.

Barrel jelly fishI'm told that warm seas and large amounts of plankton bring them in. We have spotted hundreds of them on our regular mackerel fishing trips from Lyme Regis harbour and although the mackerel were not very plentiful these beauties certainly were.

The domed top is the size of a dustbin lid and they can weigh up to 35 kilos. With no heart, brain or blood these creatures, I read, they have been around for 500 million years. Fortunately, the sting is very slight which is a very lucky as the seas around our beaches would have been completely empty of swimmers during this beautiful warm Easter we've just had.

This fine photo is thanks to Sonia Cove who was out on a Harry May Boat Trip with her family on a very calm and hot day.

Harry May Boat Trips made a very good start in 2015 with plenty of Lyme Regis mackerel fishing trips and very regular Lyme Regis deep sea fishing trips leaving Lyme Regis harbour almost every morning.

Published on 23/04/2015.

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