Giant jellyfish common this week on Wicklow beaches

A Barrell jellyfish washed up on a north Wicklow beach (Pic.Chris Dobson)

Giant jellyfish have been washing up on Wicklow beaches thanks to the spring tides and windy weather.

A number of barrel jellyfish have been spotted in the sea and washed up along the Wicklow coast.

The barrel jellyfish is relatively rare in coastal areas and can be as long as one metre.

The Marine Conservation Society in the UK are warning that the larger than life marine animals could become a regular sighting if the hot weather continues.

The jellyfish are not at all dangerous to people, but it is best not to touch any jellyfish unless you are sure what it is.

They are heavy creatures and they get washed in to shore, and when the tide goes out they can’t escape and end up beached.

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