Giant jellyfish wash up on Solent shores

Alexandra Purssey with the large jellyfish found at Stokes Bay. Picture: Matthew Purssey
Alexandra Purssey with the large jellyfish found at Stokes Bay. Picture: Matthew Purssey

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GIANT jellyfish have been found washed up on shorelines across Portsmouth and Gosport.

Their arrival is because of the hot weather and they are common in the Solent when the temperature rises.

Marine biologist Martyn Chandler from the Blue Reef aquarium in Southsea said: ‘Jellyfish are very common this time of year as sunshine is an essential part of their life cycle. Their food consists of minuscule plankton and other small fish, which are common in the Solent.

‘Usually, when you find jellyfish washed up on the shore, it means they have come to the end of their life cycle or they have been swept up because of strong currents out in the further sea.’

He added people should take care when they come across a jellyfish on the shore and shouldn’t touch it.

Jellyfish are very common this time of year as sunshine is an essential part of their life cycle.

Marine biologist from Blue Reef Aquarium