Watch Divers Spot Giant Jellyfish the Size of a Human Off British

first_imgStay on target Divers recently encountered a giant creature of the deep the size of a human off the coast of Cornwall, England. And no, it’s not a shark or a whale — but a jellyfish.Lizzie Daly, a wildlife biologist and a host on BBC Earth Unplugged, was diving off Falmouth when she had the encounter of a lifetime with a barrel jellyfish (Rhizostoma pulmo), also known as a dustbin-lid jellyfish. She said the creature was as big as her body.Woah!!!!! We went diving in Falmouth yesterday to finish off #WildOceanWeek and came across this GIANT barrel jellyfish! What a way to finish off this marine wildlife adventure! pic.twitter.com/NNwDelfWyV— Lizzie Daly (@LizzieRDaly) July 14, 2019“What an unforgettable experience, I know barrel jellyfish get really big in size but I have never seen anything like it before,” Daly, who was filming as part of Wild Ocean Week, posted on Instagram.The barrel jellyfish, which grow up to 35 inches, is the largest jellyfish found in UK waters. They are also called dustbin-lid jellyfish, because they grow as large as dustbin lids, according to the Wildlife Trusts. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ center_img They have a translucent appearance, with a huge mushroom shaped bell and a bunch of eight frilly tentacles below. These frills actually contain their small stinging tentacles which surround hundreds of little mouths.The sting of the barrel jellyfish is not normally harmful to humans, although experts say it’s best not to handle one as they can still sting even when dead.In the UK, they are often found washed up on beaches in May and June.More on Geek.com:Antidote to Deadly Box Jellyfish DiscoveredScientist Discovers Jellyfish-Like Creature With ‘Transient Anus’ Lake Once Filled With Millions of Jellyfish Reopened to the Publiclast_img

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