COLOURFUL sights could be on the cards for seaside goers this summer as swarms of jellyfish look set to hit our shores.
The Marine Conservation Society (MSC) has confirmed that barrel, moon, compass, blue and lion’s mane jellyfish are likely to be setting up camp around the UK including the coast of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea as their presence in the UK’s ever-warming seas increases.
The recent shut down of the Torness nuclear power station at Dunbar on Scotland’s east coast was caused by jellyfish blocking the water intake systems. And the MCS is now urging beachgoers to record their sightings so they can build up a new picture of the UK jellyfish population.
Jellyfish are the main food source of the endangered leatherback turtles, seasonal visitors to the increasingly warm UK seas. The MCS is hoping, through the new survey, to better understand our new inhabitants.
“The jellyfish survey is an excellent way for people to get involved in finding out more about our threatened seas. There is strong evidence that jellyfish numbers are increasing around the world, including UK seas,” explained Peter Richardson of the MCS.
Since May we have received reports of large numbers of several other species of jellyfish from various coastal all sites round the UK – it is another good year for the jellyfish!”
ELDC spokesman James Gilbert said: “Mablethorpe and the wider East Lindsey coast is the place to be this summer with lots of exciting events and activities for people to enjoy. Millions of people visit our area each year because they recognise the quality of our resorts, including the beaches, and now jellyfish do too.”
To record a sighting, visit www.msuk.org.
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