Tuesday, 13 July 2010
There were also a few Lion's mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata)
and the closely related blue Cyanea lamarkii
Then, back on the beach on Sunday just gone, the wobbly hoardes again scuppered the family plodge, but this time they were exclusively the blue jellyfish Cyanea lamarkii with none of the other two species present. Why the difference? No idea, frankly.
So....how come we are suddenly up to our tentacles in jellyfish? It's not that easy to find a definitive answer to that one I have found. Perhaps it is nothing more than a combination of the timing of the breeding cycle and the weather/sea conditions combining to push the jellyfish drifts from the open sea to the shore.
I see that the Marine Conservation Society are asking for jellyfish sightings so you might like to report any that you see here. There is also a rather nice identification chart on the same web site. The only trouble I have found with both this and the standard seashore guide books is that they aren't that helpful when faced with a flattened blob on the sand.