Friday, March 7, 2014

Mass jellyfish stranding on the Northumberland coast

More old pictures from the mid-1990s. These are from Embleton beach in Northumberland and show the most spectacular mass jellyfish stranding that I've ever encountered.



































Thousands of jellyfish, mostly the Lion's mane Cyanea capillata but also C.lamarckii and moon jellyfish Aurelia aurita, as far as the eye could see .....



































.... in both directions. The largest was about the size of a dinner plate.


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  1. This is impressive. It is a long time since I've seen jellyfish in any great number.

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    1. Never seen anything like this since then, Adrian, although I've read accounts of recent mass strandings of the by-the-wind-sailor

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  2. What a strange sight it must have been!

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    1. It was quite difficult to avoid treading on them!

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    1. I wouldn't have liked to be swimming in the sea when they arrived - the lion's mane has a powerful sting!

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    1. I remember that there were some still alive in pools at the end of the beach - gently pulsating in the water

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