South could see jellyfish surge
Jellyfish blooms are on the rise following recent warm weather after the cold spring delayed their appearance, marine experts have said.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is urging people to report their sightings of jellyfish, which act as a barometer of the seas, as part of its annual national jellyfish survey.
This year they had been a rare sight in UK seas until hot weather warmed coastal waters in recent weeks.
But increasing numbers of moon, compass, blue and lion's mane jellyfish have been reported.
Warning after jellyfish spotted
Coastguards are urging people to be vigilant after jellyfish were spotted on the south coast.
Solent Coastguard is urging people to be on the lookout for a type of jellyfish that can deliver a powerful sting.
It’s believed that “Portuguese Men o’ War” have been spotted in West Wittering and the Selsey Bill areas off the West Sussex coast already this week.
Today Solent Coastguard has been taking reports of sightings in Chale Bay on the Isle of Wight.
The advice from the Marine Conservation Society is not to touch the jellyfish with bare hands, and seek medical attention if you are stung.
The MCS also ask that any sightings are reported to them.