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If you've taken a trip to the seaside over recent weeks then you may have noticed jellyfish washed up on the shoreline or in rockpools.
According to the Marine Conservation Society, the creatures have been arriving in ever increasing numbers - and it could be the recent hot weather that's to blame.
Our Environment Correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports:
An old wives' tale which suggests using urine to treat jellyfish stings has been challenged by the British Red Cross.
The charity instead suggests people treat such stings with salt water or vinegar.
Jellyfish blooms are on the rise following recent warm weather after the cold spring delayed their appearance, marine experts have said. Compass and blue jellyfish have been spotted in the South West.
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.