Beach-goers in Sandycove warned as Lion’s Mane jellyfish spotted

by Rachel Darcy

Warning signs have been erected in particular areas of Sandycove beach this afternoon as Lion’s Mane jellyfish have been spotted on the beach.

The creatures, also known as the giant jellyfish or the hair jelly, is the largest known species of jellyfish. They were spotted around the Life Guard patrolled area of Sandycove, and further into the bay earlier this afternoon.

Whilst bathing has not been prohibited, swimmers are advised to be proceed with caution.

As an added precaution the life guard warning flags are on red and will remain in place till further notice, with dlr Life Guards are actively keeping a vigilant eye on the water and bathers.

Lions Mane jelly fish can still deliver a sting when washed up on the beach, and DLR are advising bathers to air on the side of caution both in and out of the water. These species of jelly fish can deliver a verminous sting and may cause medical complications.

If stung by one of the jellyfish, and if you suffer any serious symptoms including nausea, vomiting or respiratory distress, it is advised you should seek medical attention immediately.

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