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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Jellyfish bloom on the beaches

BEACHGOERS in Powfoot and along the shore have been amazed to see dozens of jellyfish washed up this week.

Over the last few days, walkers and visitors have reported an influx of huge barrel jellyfish on the sands in the village and down towards Eastriggs as well.

Comments and photos have been posted on various social media groups, sparking discussions about the species.

Andy Cowan said: “It’s the east wind that brings them, they swim against the wind.”

Nancy Hogg said: “Never seen anything like it.”

And Kayleigh Robison reported finding about 20 on the Eastriggs Solway.

The Wildlife Trusts describe them as ‘large translucent jellyfish with a huge mushroom shaped bell and a bunch of eight frilly tentacles below’. They say they swarm in warmer coastal waters in late spring and often wash up on beaches in May or June, sometimes in their hundreds.

They advise that although the sting is not normally harmful to humans, they can still sting when dead and should not be handled.

  • Photo by Nancy Hogg

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