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Scientist warns of "the year of the jellyfish"

One of the increasing number of barrel jellyfish washing up on our shores Credit: ITV News

A marine scientist is warning beaches may have to close because of huge numbers of jelly fish.

Hundreds of harmless barrel jelly fish are washing up around the West Country's coast.

But Dr Keith Hiscock warns people should be careful if more poisonous species appear.

He describes this as the year of the jelly fish because of the huge numbers.

Jellyfish spotted on Devon coastline

This jellyfish was one of four washed up at Dawlish sea wall Credit: James Crook

Here's some evidence of the increasing numbers of jellyfish being washed up on our coastline.

This chap was spotted by one of our viewers James Crook at Dawlish sea wall on Sunday 14 June. He said it was one of four that had washed up on the beach looking very "fresh and alive".



Warning over giant jellyfish

The Marine Conservation Society is warning that warm weather in the south west could bring an influx of giant jellyfish to our coasts. A number of giant barrel jellyfish have already been washed up at Portland and Weymouth.

The species is harmless but the MCS says it's keen to hear from anyone who finds them.

The MCS says it's keen to hear from anyone who finds them. Credit: ITV News West Country
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Full report: Jellyfish numbers on the rise

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:

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